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Smokies to begin major scenic vista clearing

MARYVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - When roads through the Great Smoky Mountains National Park were originally constructed, the forests had been extensively logged and often burned, leaving unobstructed views in every direction.

But 75 years later, the views at many of the park's scenic overlooks are obscured.

Acting Park Facility Manager Charlie Sellars tells The Daily Times (http://bit.ly/GRGi1A) that over the next few months, a contractor will be undertaking the first major vista-clearing initiative in decades.

Sellars said park officials have developed specific guidelines for which trees should be removed and which should be trimmed or thinned.

They will leave uncut the low-growing shrubs, like rhododendron and mountain laurel, to shade out and discourage the regrowth of the taller trees.

During the project, the overlooks being cleared will be closed as needed.

 

Information from: The Daily Times, http://www.thedailytimes.com

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