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U.S. Senator Backs New National Park Funding

August 4, 2008, 5:00 pm
Last month U.S Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) declared he will cosponsor bipartisan legislation to acquire more funding desperately needed by Great Smoky Mountain National Park and other national parks nationwide.At the request of President Ronald Reagan, Alexander was Chairman of the President’s Commission on Americans Outdoors in the 1980s. ...

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Net to be cast for Smokies celebration

August 4, 2008, 8:07 am
A new Web site will be one of the ways the Great Smoky Mountains National Park celebrates its 75th anniversary next year. The Web site, www.greatsmokies75th.org, will be used as a tool to help better inform the public of the events coinciding with the anniversary. Park officials describe the site ...

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Nearly 900 species discovered in Smokies during 10-year project

July 22, 2008, 7:27 am
ASHEVILLE – A project documenting all living creatures in Great Smoky Mountains National Park has led to the discovery of nearly 900 new species, furthering science, education and public interest in conservation, a group of panelists testified Monday. The success and importance of the 10-year-old All Taxa Biodiversity Project, the ...

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Hiker tackles every mile of trail in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park

July 18, 2008, 7:28 am
Sixty-three year old Diane Scarbrough loves to spend time in the Smoky Mountains. "Anybody that can be out there for any length of time," she says. "It's uplifting." Diane's passion for hiking turned into a mission to hike every mile of trail in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. "We ...

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Alexander Backs New Source of Funding for National Parks

July 3, 2008, 7:38 am
U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) today announced he will cosponsor bipartisan legislation to create a new source of funding for the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and other national parks across the country as part of the “Centennial Challenge” celebrating the 100th anniversary of the National Park System in ...

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Indian Head Rock getting a face-lift

May 8, 2008, 4:45 pm
It's considered really poor form if your face falls off. So officials from a couple of federal agencies have come together to perform a little preventive maintenance on a well-known geological feature in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park to make sure it lasts for future generations and does ...

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Tourism summit focuses on sustaining area's natural beauty

April 29, 2008, 3:17 pm
East Tennessee's natural beauty draws tourists from all over the country, but a two-day conference that began Monday focused on making sure that doesn't change. The 2008 Great Smoky Mountains Sustainable Tourism Summit featured a power-packed lineup of politicians, policymakers and journalists, including the editor of a magazine that ...

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Smokies can be hub of eco tourism

April 29, 2008, 3:13 pm
Great Smoky Mountains National Park can be the engine to propel new eco-friendly tourism for gateway communities in Tennessee and North Carolina, according to participants at a regional conference on "sustainable tourism." That's both an opportunity and a challenge for such communities as Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge and Cherokee, N.C., ...

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(Smokies) National Park gets $340,000 in grants

April 28, 2008, 11:54 am
"The start of the Centennial Challenge is a perfect kickoff to National Park Week and brings other needed improvements for more than 100 additional sites across the nation," Alexander explained. "As we approach the 100th anniversary of the National Park System, we need to keep looking for big ideas ...

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