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State of the Park Reports

State of the Park Report for
Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park

Chapter 3 - Summary of Key Stewardship Activities and Accomplishments

Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park
Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park

The list below provides examples of stewardship activities and accomplishments by park staff and partners to maintain or improve the condition of priority park resources and values for this and future generations:

Natural Resources

  • Completion of basic natural resource inventories and initiation of long-term monitoring of a subset of the park's natural resources by the Southeast Coast Inventory and Monitoring Network (SECN).
  • Removal of exotic and invasive plants by the NPS Exotic Plant Management Team, park staff, Trail Club, and other partners.
  • Eradication of 5 acres of invasive bamboo by the Kennesaw Mountain Trail Club.
  • Annual garlic mustard pulls to help control this invasive species.
  • Completion of a (draft) Natural Resource Condition Assessment to evaluate and summarize existing natural resource data for the park.
  • Designation of the park as the first Important Bird Area by the Audubon Society.

Cultural Resources

  • Ongoing maintenance of the Kolb Farm House historical site.
  • Plan for managing the Civil War earthworks was completed in FY12.
  • Funding received to clean the Illinois Monument in FY14.
  • A survey of the archival collections will be conducted in FY13.
  • Archeological testing was conducted along a proposed trail route through the park.
  • Study completed to determine how African Americans perceive the Civil War battlefield in FY10.
  • Increased accessibility to the park museum collection by Americans with Disabilities, including adding touch stations, a sign language interpreter to videos, and a device that gives details for visually impaired users.

Visitor Experience

  • New park orientation film was finalized in September 2013 to replace the 20-year-old film. It is in high definition.
  • The park has completed a Sign Plan that was implemented in FY13, to improve the existing highway and road signs in addition to the trail signs.
  • Cell phone audio tour developed that allows visitors to learn about park locations and features using their cell phones.
  • Trail Club program has been expanded to include Trail Ambassadors to assist visitors with navigation and use of the park.
  • Two new parking lots were established to increase opportunities for park use and appreciation, which increased parking to 400 additional spaces.
  • New hybrid shuttle bus provided to take visitors to the top of Kennesaw Mountain.
  • "Traveling trunk" exhibit developed for students with visual and hearing impairments.
  • Signage installed in 2012 along the environmental trail to improve interpretation.
  • Visitor Center displays were created to link park history with recreational use.
  • Grant received by the park to help bring urban youth and underserved middle school students to the park to learn about the significance of the Atlanta Campaign and the Civil War while improving park trails.
  • Ticket to Ride Program allows the park to host about 400 students at the park. It provides transportation for underserved children to visit the park and learn about the significance of the Battle of Kennesaw Mountain.

Park Infrastructure

  • To reduce greenhouse gas emissions and to save energy, the park recently installed a 60KW solar array atop the Visitor Center, replaced the roofing, and installed insulation.
  • Reduced waste in the park in part by removing trash cans from parking areas. This has resulted in a significant decrease in the park's contribution to landfill, and associated carbon footprint related to hauling and processing. Other benefits include reducing pests, removing an unnatural food source for wildlife, and reducing litter.
  • Exotic/Invasive plants removal and control throughout the park was accomplished through collaboration with the NPS Exotic Plant Management Team (EPMT), Park employees, Volunteers and the Kennesaw Mountain trail club.
  • Construction of new waste water system for the Maintenance, Administration, and the Visitor Center.
  • Replaced wooden foot bridge at Ward Creek with sustainable fiberglass bridge.
  • Replaced wooden foot bridge at Noses Creek with sustainable concrete/steel bridge (Emergency Vehicle Rated).
  • To eliminate roadside parking and improve visitor safety, installed new parking lots at Old Highway 41, and expanded and improved the parking areas at Cheatham Hill Road and Burnt Hickory Road.
  • Emergency weather-related tree removal throughout the park.
  • New Cannon Monument installed at the main entrance to the Visitor Center parking area. This task was accomplished from Park employees, volunteers, and the Kennesaw Mountain trail club.
  • Completed Field Mortar Analysis and repairs on the Georgia Overlook.
  • Beautification, landscaping at the Visitor Center grounds.
  • Upgraded benches with sustainable recycled materials throughout the park, and installed new tables in picnic area that were constructed from recycled materials.
  • Upgraded tile in Visitor Center restrooms for improved aesthetics and lower maintenance.
  • Installed security system in historic Kolb Farm home.
  • Remodeled Mission 66 house for office space and installed energy saving appliances and fixtures.
  • Returned non-historical fields to native trees and vegetation.
  • Installed solar-powered gates throughout the park.
  • Installed accessibility water-saving drinking fountains.
  • Established recycling program within the park.
  • Established and managed pesticide program.
  • Managed and supervised the community work service program at the park.
  • Installed and repaired signage throughout the park.
  • Road repair, reseal and re-striping park service roads, parking areas and drives.
  • Installed new walking bridge at Visitor Center picnic area. Eagle Scout projects.
  • Repaired/replaced fencing throughout the park.

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