About Smoky Mountain Forests

Great Smoky Mountains National Park harbors and protects a collection of forest ecosystems whose bio-diversity is unmatched by any national park  in America.

Over 100 tree species and 100 shrub species grow in these magnificent forests, providing habitat for literally thousands of other plants and animals, many of which are found only here.

Each forest type displays a mix of trees and shrubs adapted to a specific set of environmental factors, including elevation, land form, protection, soil PH and more.

On this this site you will find specific forest types  highlighted, along with descriptions and photos of favorite smoky mountain forest places.

Your comments are welcomed!

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About Dan Williams

Forest manager & environmental educator with the Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources. I have spent 26 years interpreting forest research for non-scientists interested in learning more about the forests of the Southeastern United States.
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