Force Multipliers for Plant and Wildlife Protection


Law enforcement rangers do far more on the Parkway than just control traffic and keep visitors safe. They protect plants and wildlife from poachers in search of rare species, including galax, ginseng, and even bog turtles. With more than 80,000 acres of park land spread across 29 counties in two states, it's a logistical challenge to monitor the entire Parkway. This project will provide remote sensors to keep a careful watch on vulnerable species and alert rangers to potential thefts in real-time. Thanks to a grant from the Community Foundation of Western North Carolina, and support from our Community of Stewards, we have met our fundraising goal for this project. Thank you for your support!