"A 10-year study has found more than 6,000 species of plant and animal life previously unidentified in Great Smoky Mountains National Park," says the Associated Press.
The All Taxa Biodiversity Project also discovered nearly 900 species "that are new to science."
The results of the study were discussed Monday during a Senate subcommittee field hearing in Asheville.
The project began in 1997 to inventory all species in the park that covers more than 800 square miles in the mountains of North Carolina and Tennessee. More than 1,000 scientists have studied species in the park, identifying a total of more than 16,000.