Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Video: Cades Cove Prescribed Burns

Last month Great Smoky Mountains officials announced plans for a prescribed burn in Cades Cove. The burn was part of a long term effort to prevent the fields in Cades Cove from returning to forest. Selected fields in Cades Cove are burned on a three year rotation as part of a cost-effective strategy to maintain an open landscape, reminiscent of the days of farming. In the latest video from the Great Smoky Mountains Association, see how the park's fire crew controls one of nature's destructive, yet renewing forces, and uses it to preserve the character of the most popular destination in Great Smoky Mountains National Park:

Hiking in the Smokies

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