Restoring the Smokies' Rare Wetlands

NPF Impact Grant funds removal of invasive species and new planting along two Smoky Mountains rivers.

Wetlands are uncommon in Great Smoky Mountains National Park, yet they provide a critical habitat for diverse native plants and animals, some found nowhere else in the park. Bears, bobcats, foxes, birds, amphibians, and fish call wetlands home, but these habitats are severely impacted by invasive plant species.

With an Impact Grant, NPF helped remove invasive plants, sow seeds for native species cultivation, and improve water quality along the Raven Fork and Oconaluftee Rivers.

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