Category: Great Smoky Mountains National Park News

Celebrating 100 Years of America’s Best Idea

August 25, 2016

When President Woodrow Wilson signed the National Park Service Organic Act on August 25, 1916, there were only 35 national parks in the United States. Today, 413 units of the National Park Service cover 84 million acres in all 50 states and…

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Interns help maintain cemeteries in GSMNP

August 22, 2016

rangers give instruction for maintaining cemeteries

by Laura Booth GSMNP Intern Warren Wilson College student Graduate of Swain County High School, Bryson, NC As my internship in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park comes to an end, and I reflect back on all my experiences and…

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Wildland firefighting requires physical fitness & teamwork

August 18, 2016

Interns rolling fire shelters

by Matthew Sullivan GSMNP Intern Cape Fear High School (Fayettesville, NC) graduate Student in the Oconaluftee Job Corps Center, Cherokee, NC Fire is one of man’s oldest enemies, but it can also be a useful tool for our success. We…

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