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    Great Smoky Mountains

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December 12, 2014
Chilogate Stream Restoration Underway near Foothills Parkway
Great Smoky Mountains National Park officials announced that work has begun through the Tennessee Stream Mitigation Program to restore the lower 5,000 feet of Chilogate Creek near the Foothills Parkway and the confluence with Chilhowee Lake. The restoration work will return the stream to its original meandering path which will both enhance riparian wetland habitat as well as reducing the risk of undercutting by the current stream alignment along Happy Valley Road and the Ft. Loudon Utility lines.

December 08, 2014
Park Plans Alum Cave Trail Restoration
Great Smoky Mountains National Park officials announced that the next full-scale, Trails Forever restoration will begin on Alum Cave Trail in 2015. The Trails Forever crew will focus restoration efforts on several targeted locations along the 5-mile trail to improve visitor safety and stabilize eroding trail sections. The restoration work will require temporary trail closures throughout the 2-year process.

December 05, 2014
39th Annual Festival of Christmas Past Programs
Great Smoky Mountains National Park announces the 39th annual Festival of Christmas Past celebration scheduled on Saturday, December 13, 9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., at Sugarlands Visitor Center. The event, sponsored in cooperation with Great Smoky Mountains Association, is free to the public.

December 04, 2014
Cassius Cash Named Superintendent of Great Smoky Mountains National Park
ATLANTA -- National Park Service Southeast Regional Director Stan Austin named Cassius Cash, a native of Memphis, Tenn., as the new superintendent of Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Cash, currently superintendent for Boston National Historical Park and Boston African American National Historic Site, will assume his new post in February.

December 03, 2014
Park Receives Annual Poinsettia for Rescue 40 Years Ago
Forty years ago, on December 3, 1974, park rangers from Great Smoky Mountains National Park rescued 15-year old Eric Johnson and a companion who had been trapped deep in the park's backcountry by a chest-deep snow storm. Today Eric's mother traveled from Johnson City to park headquarters in Gatlinburg to thank the park rangers for saving her son's life. A trip she has made every December 3rd since 1974.

December 01, 2014
Smokies Hosts Meetings on Firewood Pests
Great Smoky Mountains National Park officials are hosting public meetings to provide information about firewood pests and forest threats. Meetings will be held on Monday, December 8 from 5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. at the Oconaluftee Visitor Center Administrative Building near Cherokee, NC and on Tuesday, December 9 from 5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. at the Sugarlands Visitor Center Training Room near Gatlinburg, TN.

November 13, 2014
Collections Preservation Center Groundbreaking
National Park Service (NPS) officials were joined by representatives from Senator Bob Corker’s office, Representative John Duncan’s office, Friends of the Smokies, Great Smoky Mountains Association, Great Smoky Mountains Heritage Center, and AMEC Environment & Infrastructure Inc. to break ground on the new NPS Collections Preservation Center.

October 21, 2014
Park Offers Reward for Information on Cataloochee Artifact Theft
Great Smoky Mountains National Park officials are offering a reward for information regarding the recent theft of artifacts from the Palmer House in Cataloochee, NC. The missing artifacts, including a trowel, mill pick, and a coffee mill, were taken from locked display cases in the Palmer House where historical information and exhibits are provided for park visitors.

October 02, 2014
Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail Closes for Bridge Replacement
Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail will close for the season on the evening of October 31, 2014 and will remain closed until April 30, 2015 to replace eight bridges along the 5.5-mile, one-way roadway. The road will be closed to all public use including hiking and biking.

September 25, 2014
Park Closes Area Near Caves to Protect Declining Bat Populations
Great Smoky Mountains National Park officials announced the closure of the Whiteoak Sink area effective now through March 31 to limit human disturbance to bat hibernacula and help hikers avoid interactions with bats.

September 20, 2014
Smokies Rangers Provide Training for SE Asia Park Staff
Park rangers are helping to provide training this week for 10 park officials from Cambodia and Thailand.

September 16, 2014
Trail Restoration Work on Chimney Tops Trail Continues
Great Smoky Mountains National Park officials have extended the Chimney Tops Trail closure through December 11 to fully complete the 3-year trail rehabilitation. The trail will continue to be closed each Monday through Thursday as workers complete the full-scale rehabilitation.

September 10, 2014
Park Cautions Visitors on How to Safely View Elk
Visitors should exercise caution as they view and photograph elk to protect both animals and people. Elk are currently entering the fall breeding season, known as the rut.

August 22, 2014
National Park Service Celebrates 98th Birthday!
Great Smoky Mountains National Park will celebrate the 98th birthday of the National Park Service on Monday, August 25. Park visitors are encouraged to participate in one of the many ranger-led programs at park visitor centers or enjoy exploring the park along a scenic roadway, trail, or river.

July 02, 2014
Park Receives 2014 Impact Grant from the National Park Foundation to Restore Wetland Vegetation
Great Smoky Mountains National Park is one of 23 national parks selected to receive a 2014 Impact Grant from the National Park Foundation.

June 30, 2014
Park Proposes Firewood Changes
Park officials are proposing changes that will help protect park forests by limiting the type of firewood brought into the park.

May 14, 2014
Cindy MacLeod Selected as Acting Superintendent
National Park Service Southeast Regional Director Stan Austin announced that Cindy MacLeod has been selected as the acting superintendent of Great Smoky Mountains National Park effective June 1.

May 12, 2014
Awards for Bravery Presented to Smokies Park Ranger and Townsend Firefighter
Park Ranger Brad Griest and Townsend Fire Department Volunteer Firefighter Christopher Scarbrough were recognized in Washington, DC for their heroic actions that saved the life of a motorist.

November 14, 2013
How to Safely View Wildlife
Park officials remind park visitors to exercise caution as they view and photograph wildlife to best protect both the animals and themselves.

September 20, 2013
Smokies Signs Sister Park Arrangement with Thailand Park
National Park established its first Sister Park Arrangement with Khao Yai National Park in Thailand.

June 12, 2012
Historic Spence Cabin Open for Public Use
Spence Cabin in the Elkmont Historic District has been restored to its historic apperance and is available for day-use rental.

June 07, 2012
Emerald Ash Borer Confirmed in Park
Officials recently confirmed the presence of invasive emerald ash borer beetles in the park. Last week, beetles were discovered near Sugarlands Visitor Center and in the Greebrier area, on the Tennessee side of the park.

December 03, 2010
Contract Awarded to Continue Construction of Foothills Parkway
Great Smoky Mountains National Park officials have announced the award of a $33.8 million contract to continue construction on the “Missing Link” of the Foothills Parkway

 

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