|GSMNP Spokesperson Dana Soehn and I at Fighting Creek|
|Twin Creeks Science Center;|
With Charred Ridge Top in Background
When visiting with GSMNP fire ecologist Rob Klein is became clear that the area of the park that was burned, already has many scientific studies underway, giving them a solid baseline of data to compare pre-fire and post-fire environments. “We are using satellite imagery to measure the severity of effects on vegetation,” said Klein. “The speed of this fire left a mosaic pattern, and not a footprint of devastation. Our hemlock conservation areas study the wooly adelgid infestation and now we can add the affects of fire to the data. Other studies underway tracking the movement of black bears will now record how they respond when the forest recovers over time.”
|Park Ranger Electro-shocking in Fighting Creek|
|Healthy Rainbow Trout in Recovering Ecosystem|
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