From the Mountaineer (Waynesville-Canton)
…When park roads were constructed, the forests had been extensively logged and often burned in pre-park days, leaving unobstructed views in every direction, but 75 years of forest recovery has resulted in many of the scenic overlooks becoming obscured by maturing trees.
Over the next few months a park contractor will be rolling back this “natural clock” by reopening 34 of the most popular roadside vistas along the park’s main roads. Park officials say that this will be the first major vista-clearing initiative in decades. …