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Great Smoky Mountains National Park in Swain County, North Carolina — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

Spared the Saw

 
 
Spared the Saw Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, October 19, 2016
1. Spared the Saw Marker
Inscription. Look out across the forested mountains of Great Smoky Mountains National Park. The mountains are ancient, but much of the forest is young. Very little is old-growth, or ancient—never cut. But the time the park was established, as much as 80 percent of the forest had been cleared by loggers and farmers. Much of what you see as you travel through the park is second-growth.

But as you look out over these ridges and valleys from this vantage point, you see ancient, old-growth forest. Some trees are huge, but many are not. Old-growth doesn't big trees. Where conditions are harsh, like on ridge tops, a 500-year-old tree might be just six inches in diameter.

Left Photo Caption
The Great Smokies' old-growth forests are home to several record specimens—the size of some tree species is not exceeded elsewhere.

Middle Photo Caption
Farmers had a hand in cutting old-growth forests, clearing fields for pastures and cropland.

Map Caption
Extent of Old-Growth Forest
This map shows the extent of old-growth forest in the Great Smoky Mountains. Less than five percent of America's forests escaped the logger's saw or farmer's axe—a fact that renders the old-growth forest here even more significant. Scientists study these forests
View of marker and forests beyond. image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, October 19, 2016
2. View of marker and forests beyond.
carefully. The effect of a changing environment on the Smokies forest has implications for forests worldwide.

 
Erected by the National Park Service, Department of the Interior.
 
Location. 35° 35.686′ N, 83° 24.994′ W. Marker is in Great Smoky Mountains National Park, North Carolina, in Swain County. Marker is on U.S. 441 at milepost 17, 2 miles south of Clingman's Dome Road, on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Bryson City NC 28713, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Where Man Is Only a Visitor (approx. 0.4 miles away); Measure of Men (approx. ĺ mile away); Fifty Years of Mountain Logging (approx. one mile away); Land of Blue Smoke (approx. 1.2 miles away); Great Smoky Mountains National Park (approx. 1.2 miles away); People of the Mountains (approx. 1.2 miles away); Land of Diversity (approx. 1.2 miles away in Tennessee); The Great Smokies (approx. 1.2 miles away).
 
Also see . . .  Focus on...dying giants - The National Park Service. (Submitted on October 23, 2016, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.)
 
Categories. EnvironmentHorticulture & Forestry
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on October 23, 2016. This page originally submitted on October 23, 2016, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. This page has been viewed 112 times since then and 41 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on October 23, 2016, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.
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