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  • ENP 6.5 Great Smoky Mountains: A Fragile Diverse Forest
    05/22/2018
    Bryan first discusses the biodiversity of Great Smoky Mountains National Park with Paul Super, the Research Coordinator of the Appalachian Highlands Science Learning Center (1:03). Then Bryan speaks with Kris Johnson of the National Park Service about the health of the forest (28:04).


     Discussion includes the following:

    • About the Appalachian Highlands Science Learning Center (1:22)
    • Species Mapper (2:30)
    • Ecosystem and different habitats (4:39)
    • Impact of humans on the park (7:16)
    • Wildlife (11:44)
    • Birds (18:03)
    • Wildflowers (19:58)
    • Discovering new species (22:22)
    • Paul’s favorite spots in the park (24:41)
    • Threats to the forest (28:47)
    • Cross-section of eastern United States forests in one park (32:16)
    • How to manage forest health in remote areas (33:46)
    • Progress and success in identifying infected trees and combatting disease and pests (36:36)
    • What visitors may do to not add to problem and be part of the solution (39:31)
    • Grassy balds and heath balds (43:34)
    • Wildfires and prescribed fires (47:48)
    • Kris’ favorite part of the park (51:28)
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