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2010-06-09 13:20:59

Proper and timely burning of some Eastern U.S. forests could help revitalize flowering dogwood trees, which benefits a wide range of species, a Purdue University report shows. Dogwood trees act as a calcium pump, pulling the nutrient from deep in the soil and depositing it on the forest floor with their fallen leaves each autumn. It's an important source of nutrition for a variety of species in a forest ecosystem, said Michael Jenkins, assistant professor of forestry and natural resources....

2009-05-07 08:57:00

Expansive Duggar entourage to ride in May 8 Dolly Parton Homecoming Parade PIGEON FORGE, Tenn., May 7 /PRNewswire/ -- While many families across America still are planning their summer escapes, the expansive Duggar family from the TLC reality TV show "18 Kids and Counting" is getting a jump on the travel season with a pre-Memorial Day vacation in Pigeon Forge, Tenn., and the Great Smoky Mountains. (Photo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20090506/CL12512 ) A six-member production crew...

2008-09-29 21:00:18

GATLINBURG, Tenn. - Curious bears fattening up for winter craftily took part in a project to reintroduce native Southern Appalachian brook trout into streams in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Despite the interference, biologists completed the first phase of the planned reintroduction of the brook trout into several streams in the Tremont area of the park. From Sept. 7 to 19, the park closed an 8-mile segment of streams to poison nonnative fish. But bears tore into the baskets of...

2008-08-06 09:00:31

GATLINBURG, Tenn. _ A decade ago, scientists decided it would be smart to know exactly what plants and animals populate America's most-visited national park, the Great Smokies. Today they are 16,570 species into the nation's largest biological roundup, known in science-talk as the "All Taxa Biodiversity Inventory" or ATBI. Maybe twice as many species are yet to be found, but that's just a guess. The casual visitor, jockeying to park at a crowded Smokies overlook, might expect the staff to...

2008-06-24 02:29:44

KNOXVILLE - A little green beetle has killed millions of ash trees in Michigan and the bugs may be spreading south. Officials at the Great Smoky Mountains National Park are worried the Asian emerald ash borer could be brought into the park on visitors' firewood. Park crews already are waging a costly and time-consuming battle against the hemlock woolly adelgid, an insect that destroys hemlock trees. Biologists say it's only a matter of time before the emerald ash borer reaches the...

2008-06-22 12:00:17

By Duncan Mansfield Associated Press KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- Critics fear the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency will adopt a rule in the waning days of the Bush administration that will make it easier to build coal-fired power plants near national parks. The proposed change, pending since last June, comes as the utility industry moves into its biggest building boom in coal- fueled power plants in decades. To meet growing electricity needs, more than 20 plants are under construction in 14...

2007-04-19 06:00:00

By Abrams, Marc D No species in the eastern United States better exemplifies a ubiquitous yet subordinate tree than does blackgum (Nyssa sylvatica). What enables blackgum to grow nearly everywhere, but almost always at very low densities? It is the longest-lived hardwood species in the eastern United States, with a maximum age that can exceed 650 years. It is inherently slow growing, which most likely explains its great longevity and high shade tolerance; it is also one of the few tree...

2006-11-02 21:00:00

By SAMIRA JAFARI PINEVILLE, Ky. - It's going to take a lot of money to combat a tiny bug that's attacking eastern Kentucky's hemlock trees, forestry officials warned Thursday. The exotic insect, called the hemlock woolly adelgid, has been detected in only two Kentucky state parks, but the minuscule aphid-like insect has already destroyed hemlock trees throughout Appalachia. The only thing standing in the way of safeguarding Kentucky hemlocks is the lack of funding, said Tim McClure, a...

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Great Smoky Mountains National Park
2014-05-27 15:19:19

Great Smoky Mountains National Park is an American National Park located in the two states of North Carolina and Tennessee. The Great Smoky Mountains, from which the park received its name, are part of a small section of the Appalachian Mountain chain known as the Blue Ridge Mountains. The park holds 522,419 acres of federally protected land and was established in 1934, although Congress had sanctioned the development of the park in 1926. It is known as the first park to be funded in part...

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