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Great Smoky Mountains National Park Prepares for Centennial

Jun 9, 2008
The Great Smoky Mountains National Park is a wonderful way for visitors to experience the unspoiled natural beauty of the area. The park is within easy reach many Smoky Mountain cabin rentals and boasts a variety of activities for all members of the family.

The park has more to offer than ever before as they implement a host of new projects in preparation for the National Park Service's 2016 Centennial Initiative.

Nearly 100 Years of Protected Resources

The National Park Service got its start in 1916 and, as it approaches the centennial, an effort is underway to prepare the parks for another century of preservation. In 2006 the National Park Centennial Initiative was launched with the goal of involving park administrators, citizens, and conservation experts in a massive project to improve the nation's already stunning array of protected lands.

In 2008 alone, over $50 million has been invested in 76 of our parks. This money is earmarked to improve educational opportunities, recruit and train a new generation of park employees, promote environmentally friendly park operation as an inspiration to the rest of the country, and improve recreational opportunities for park visitors.

New Projects at Great Smoky Mountains National Park

This is the busiest national park in the nation, getting over 8 million visitors a year. The staff at Great Smoky Mountains National Park drafted a range of strategies to meet the goals of the initiative and have had 13 projects approved for fiscal year 2008.

As a result of these plans, visitors staying in Smoky Mountain cabin rentals should see increased populations of brook trout and elk. Other projects focus on protecting the area against dangers ranging from airborne mercury pollution to invasive nonnative plants such as hemlock woolly adelgid.

The park has implemented many educational initiatives as well. Audio and video podcasts teach visitors about the native flora and fauna. Programs such as Parks as Classrooms and Student Conservation Association internships will be expanded. Exhibits at the Sugarlands Visitor Center are being renovated while new exhibits will be available at the planned Oconaluftee Visitor Center.

Breathtaking Scenery a Short Drive from Smoky Mountain Cabin Rentals

Our national park system has always been a world leader in conservation and recreation, and this new initiative is making a great system even better.

With all the activities available in nearby towns like Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge, visitors shouldn't forget the stunning natural beauty available nearby. Visit the park and enjoy hiking, fishing, picnicking, or just sitting back and letting your troubles melt away when faced with the majesty of nature.

If you are considering cabin rentals for your vacation, be sure to reserve some time to visit this park. Take a bicycle tour, stop and smell the wildflowers, or visit one of the nearly 80 historic log structures in the area.
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