Spared the Saw Historical

Spared the Saw Historical (HM1VA9)

Location: Bryson City, NC 28713 Swain County
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Country: United States of America
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N 35° 35.686', W 83° 24.994'

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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.

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

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

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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
carefully. The effect of a changing environment on the Smokies forest has implications for forests worldwide.
HM NumberHM1VA9
Placed ByThe National Park Service, Department of the Interior
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Sunday, October 23rd, 2016 at 5:01pm PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)17S E 281070 N 3941691
Decimal Degrees35.59476667, -83.41656667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 35° 35.686', W 83° 24.994'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds35° 35' 41.16" N, 83° 24' 59.64" W
Driving DirectionsGoogle Maps
Area Code(s)828
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling South
Closest Postal AddressAt or near Swinging Bridge Quiet Walkway, Bryson City NC 28713, US
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