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Biodiversity in the Smoky Mountains amazes the experts…

This is a great, longer article on the species being found in the Smoky Mountains.  There are more species found here, than most other places on earth.  There are a number of species that have been found only in the Smokies.  If you have a couple of minutes, it would be well worth it to spend that time reading the article below.

http://www.audubonmagazine.org/features1007/nationalParks.html

-Raymond

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Visitors to the Smokies about the same as last year

So far this year, the number of visitors to the Smokies is about the same as this time last year.  According to the article below, about 54 more people have visited since this time last year.  Considering last year more visitors visited since 2000, that means the Smoky Mountains are extremely popular.  With the economy in the tank, the fact that the Great Smoky Mountains National Park is free probably means many people are vacationing there to keep vacationing.  I think that’s a great thing.  There is usually something good in everything if you look hard enough.  While the economy may be tanking, just think of the people who will learn more about the Smokies because of that.  My guess is, many of those folks will be back for years to come.

http://www.wreg.com/news/sns-bc-tn–smokiesvisits,0,3612657.story

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Air Quality in the Smoky Mountains improving

Billions have been spent to clean up the air around the Smoky Mountains.  Here’s an article for the folks over at Knoxnews.com that shows the air quality in the area IS INDEED improving.  When we were in the Smokies back in the Spring, we spent time at the look-rock tower, which is near the live webcam that is used by the park to monitor the air quality.   You can see the live view from Look Rock at the link below…

http://www.nature.nps.gov/air/webcams/parks/grsmcam/grsmcam.cfm

The full article has lots of great info, as well as a video from Look Rock.  Check it out.

http://www.knoxnews.com/news/2010/aug/18/monitoring-air-quality-at-look-rock/

You can always check our full line of live webcams from around the smokies here… https://gosmoky.wordpress.com/smokies-webcams/

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What makes the synchronized fireflies flash together? Girls, of course.

This one seems pretty obvious to me.  I have never seen fireflies flash together as the synchronized fireflies do in the Smokies, but I would assume it is related to trying to pick up a date.  That’s exactly what scientists who are studying the behavior are saying as well.  Here’s another great article from the folks over at knoxnews.com.  Check it out!

http://www.knoxnews.com/news/2010/jul/12/experts-shed-light-on-synchronized-fireflies/

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Newfound Gap Road to get more extensive renovation at the end of 2010

Here’s another good story.  It might cause some traffic delays at the end of the year, and into upcoming years, but it sounds like it will be well worth it.  The Newfound Gap road will be renovated (it sounds like many of the areas beside/near/under the road mainly) beginning at the end of 2010.  They will wait until the end of the fall tourist season.  They plan to repair some of the barriers and other aspects of the road from Gatlinburg to Newfound Gap. 

While traffic isn’t a good thing, I’m glad to be able to report to you so many improvements in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park recently.  You can find a little more info at the story below. 

http://www.myfox8.com/news/sns-bc-tn–smokies-gaproad,0,2652615.story\

Raymond

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Little River Road back open after rock slide

Great news.  It looks like Little River Road is back open.  That was the location of the most recent rock slide.  As we told you earlier this week, https://gosmoky.wordpress.com/2010/03/20/rock-slide-on-little-river-rd-may-be-cleared-by-sunday-evening/ the rock slide closed the Little River Road for several days.  If you’re not familiar, that’s the road in the park that leads from Gatlinburg to Cades Cove or Townsend.  The good news is, Cades Cove loop road is closed right now for repaving anyhow.  If you had to have a rock slide there, I guess now was as good a time as any.  There is a little more info on the opening of the road at the story below.

http://abcnews.go.com/Travel/wireStory?id=10189580

Raymond

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Visits to the Smokies down by nearly 30%

It looks like about 28% fewer people visited the Smokies in February.  That’s compared to last Feb.  Visits are also down for the year.  Of course, the rockslides contribute to this, but the cold weather also played a role.  You can find more details on visitation at the citizen-times.com article below…

http://www.citizen-times.com/article/20100322/OUTDOORS/100322038

Raymond

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