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Pre-Conference Field Trip 4


Friday September 28 – Saturday September 29, 2012

Southern Appalachian Mountains Biodiversity/Smoky Mountains, Georgia, Tennessee, North Carolina

Southern Appalachian Mountains – Restoration and Biodiversity Southern Appalachian Mountains – Restoration and Biodiversity x Click on the image to enlarge

General Background

The Southern Appalachian Mountains, characterized by soaring peaks and deep valleys, are host to some of the most biologically diverse temperate ecosystems on the planet. Our two-day tour will begin in the vibrant, quintessentially southern city of Atlanta. Traveling north, we will explore environmental impacts, current research projects and restoration efforts. Destinations will include the 200,000-hectare Great Smoky Mountains National Park, known as the “Crown Jewel of the Appalachian Mountains” (an International Biosphere Reserve), Coweeta Long Term Ecological Research Station, Coweeta Hydrologic Lab of the US Forest Service and Joyce Kilmer Memorial Forest. View Coweeta’s 1600-hectare experimental forest and watersheds which are host to research and restoration efforts on climate change, disturbance and environmental heterogeneity (effects on populations and communities), characterization, ecosystem responses and forecasting of the socio-natural template, hemlock die-off, salamander diversity, eddy flux, carbon dioxide exchange, 20+ years of GAP experiments, ant and avian research, whole catchment work and vegetation studies.

Tour Highlights

  • Discuss the Southern Appalachian Mountains and tour various research sites and restoration initiatives at Coweeta Long Term Ecological Research Station and Coweeta Hydrologic Laboratory.
  • Tour the Joyce Kilmer Memorial Forest, an old-growth cove hardwood forest. A ¾ mile hike will be included through Poplar Cove, the forest’s grove of largest trees.
  • Tour the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.


Cost: US$175
(Includes two days transportation/lunches and overnight accommodations on Friday September 28 at Coweeta LTER)

  • Lodging for base hotel is not included in cost
  • Contact base hotel to make your own reservation if you wish to stay there.
  • Dinner not included in cost

Base Hotel:
Hyatt Place Atlanta Airport North
3415 Norman Berry Drive
East Point, Georgia 30344,
Phone : +1 404 768-8484
Fax    : +1 404 768-2277
Web   :

Field trip departure time from base hotel:
Transportation will leave from base hotel at 8 am Friday September 28.

Min/Max Participants: 12/20

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For Additional Information:

Lynn McCready
OSU EcoSummit Coordinator
Olentangy River Wetland Research Park
The Ohio State University
352 W. Dodridge Street
Columbus, Ohio  43202  USA
Work: +1 614 688 8402
Cell  : +1 614 619 3662

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