Biologists at Great Smoky Mountains NP fight to keep invasive plants out of areas burned in 2016 wildfire

SEVIER COUNTY - On the boundary of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park in Sevier County, the charred landscape from the 2016 wildfires provided a clean and fertile slate for a new lush landscape.

"This area along Cove Mountain Trail had some high-intensity heat that killed the tops of a lot of trees, but they're sprouting at the base.  There is lots of vegetation here where it would have been barren earlier this year.  It has just really grown as the fire releases lots of nutrients and basically provides a shot of fertilizer," said Glenn Taylor, a biologist with the Great Smoky Mountains National Park who specializes in vegetation management.

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