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UT, Great Smoky Mountains National Park Release New Biodiversity Web Application


The University of Tennessee, Knoxville, Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science and School of Art have partnered with the Great Smoky Mountains National Park Inventory and Monitoring Branch to create a new web application, Species Mapper.
Everyone from park managers to school groups can use Species Mapper to explore suitable habitats for species for more than 1,800 species.


Groups Oppose TVA’s Coal Ash Cover Up Plan as Public Comment Period Ends


TVA Could Finalize Plan within Days to Permanently Leave Coal Ash Pollution in Place Despite Threats to Drinking Water

Several groups issued a final appeal to TVA to reverse course on a controversial plan to permanently cover up millions of tons of coal ash in leaking, unlined pits in or adjacent to rivers in Alabama, Tennessee, and Kentucky— a stark contrast to utilities in South Carolina, North Carolina, and Georgia that are moving coal ash away from waterways and into lined storage.


Understanding Forest Fire History Can Help Keep Forests Healthy

One of the tree ring segments from Tennessee studied by Stambaugh to determine when fires occurred in that area.

New study chronicles forest fires in Oklahoma and Tennessee

For nearly a century, forest fires have been viewed by scientists and the public as dangerous and environmentally damaging disasters. However, recent research has shown that forest fires are vital to maintaining healthy forests. While people in the western portions of the U.S. experience forest fires often and know of their value, many people on the eastern side of the U.S. do not know of their importance. In a new study, University of Missouri researchers have studied tree rings throughout Oklahoma and Tennessee to determine the history of fires in those areas. Michael Stambaugh, assistant research professor in the MU College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources, says understanding this history is important for managing and improving the ecology of forests in the future.


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