Loss of Historical Range

A historical photograph of active logging practices occurring in a portion of what was to become Great Smoky Mountains National Park.
A historical photograph showing loggers hard at work taking down trees and stripping the bark in what would soon become Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

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Brook trout have lost approximately 75% of their native range in the park since the early 1900s mostly due to logging and the introduction of non-native rainbow and brown trout. As brook trout disappeared from the streams, anglers brought in rainbow trout and brown trout to “improve” fishing in the mountains. These non-native species are larger and more prolific in spawning which further decreases the number of brook trout in the park.

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Last updated: April 14, 2015

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