Science & Environment

National Park plans prescribed burn in Cataloochee and Cades Cove

National Park plans prescribed burn in Cataloochee and Cades Cove

Local News, Science & Environment October 27, 2015 at 7:48 pm 0 comments

GSMNP (press release) Great Smoky Mountains National Park fire management officials are planning a 600-acre prescribed burn in the Canadian Top project area adjacent to Cataloochee Valley in North Carolina. Weather permitting, burn operations could begin as early as Monday, October 26, and may continue intermittently through early November. The burnRead More

National Park hosts Birds of Prey at Oconaluftee Visitor Center

National Park hosts Birds of Prey at Oconaluftee Visitor Center

Local News, Science & Environment October 20, 2015 at 6:32 pm 0 comments

GSMNP (press release)—Great Smoky Mountains National Park officials invite the public to a special birds of prey program presented by Doris Mager on Sunday, October 25 at 10:00 a.m. The program will be on the porch of the Oconaluftee Visitor Center. Known as “The Eagle Lady”, Ms. Mager has beenRead More

Wears Valley Fall Fest

Wears Valley Fall Fest

Friday, Oct. 16th – Sun, Oct. 18th 2015 By Matt Williams It’s that time of year when the Smoky Mountains are filled with local festivals of all types, but none are quite as unique as the Wears Valley Fall Fest.  One might ask what makes this festival so unique.  TheRead More

Great Smoky Mountains National Park volunteers recognized

Great Smoky Mountains National Park volunteers recognized

Local News, Science & Environment October 15, 2015 at 1:17 am 0 comments

GSMNP (press release) —Today Great Smoky Mountains National Park recognized two volunteers who received regional and national awards for their service to the park.  Tom Harrington has served more than 20,000 hours in the Cades Cove area of the park was recognized as the Southeast Regional Enduring Service Award recipient.  SterlingRead More

Pigeon Forge turns Wilderness Wildlife Week into springtime event

Pigeon Forge turns Wilderness Wildlife Week into springtime event

Education, Local News, Science & Environment October 6, 2015 at 4:41 pm 0 comments

PIGEON FORGE (press release)—Wilderness Wildlife Week, Pigeon Forge’s 25th annual salute to Great Smoky Mountains National Park and an array of outdoor topics, is moving from January to May 18–22 with indoor programs at the LeConte Center at Pigeon Forge and outdoor activities in the Great Smoky Mountain National Park.Read More

Park closes area near caves to protect declining bat populations

Park closes area near caves to protect declining bat populations

Local News, Science & Environment, State News September 22, 2015 at 4:31 pm 0 comments

GSMNP (press release)—Great Smoky Mountains National Park officials announced the closure of the Whiteoak Sink area effective now through March 31, 2016 to limit human disturbance to bat hibernacula and help hikers avoid interactions with bats. Park biologists will be monitoring the site throughout the winter collecting population, ecological andRead More

Latest update on Cherokee Reservoir low voltage situation

Latest update on Cherokee Reservoir low voltage situation

Science & Environment, State News September 15, 2015 at 1:36 pm 0 comments

By Kevin Walters The Tennessee State Fire Marshal’s Office (SFMO) is advising residents that a low-voltage electrical current is still being detected at Cherokee Reservoir.   While the low voltage may be perceptible to some as a “tingling” sensation, the electricity in the lake is believed by experts to beRead More

GSMNP welcomes fourth grade students through Every Kid in a Park initiative

GSMNP welcomes fourth grade students through Every Kid in a Park initiative

National program encourages families and classes to visit national parks GSMNP (press release)—Great Smoky Mountains National Park invites all fourth grade students to visit the park as part of the White House’s new Every Kid in a Park program. The park offers a variety of activities that fourth graders andRead More

Developing home-energy infrastructure

Developing home-energy infrastructure

Science & Environment, Technology September 12, 2015 at 1:54 pm 0 comments

By Rylan Bledsoe Modern technology offers endless solutions to society’s energy needs. We must only choose to harness them. Last week’s column focused on large-scale electrochemical energy storage. The method, developed by David Sadoway at MIT, uses a bimetallic alloy (Mg-Sb) and a mixture of metallic salts to create aRead More

Gran Fondo Asheville raises $53,000 for Smokies

Gran Fondo Asheville raises $53,000 for Smokies

Local News, Science & Environment September 8, 2015 at 5:48 pm 0 comments

By Brent McDaniel Tennessee based nonprofit Friends of Great Smoky Mountains National Park raised $53,000 Sunday through its second annual Gran Fondo Asheville cycling event presented by BorgWarner and Duke Energy. Money raised from the event helps fund more than $850,000 of Park needs this year to protect black bears,Read More