04 June 2009

Great Smoky Mountains 75th Anniversary!

" to conserve the scenery and the natural and the historic objects and the wild life therein, and to provide for the enjoyment of the same in such manner and by such means as will leave them unimpaired for the enjoyment of future generations."

k The Great Smoky Mountains National Park is celebrating it's 75th anniversary! It was a grass roots movement in the 1920's by the people who lived in these beautiful mountains, who worked to see their mountains protected by future economic growth. many do not realize that the Smokies had to be purchased from individual farmers and big logging companies. Most of the monies came from private contributions or grants from the states of Tennessee or North Carolina.
On June 15, 1934 the Smokies became America's 22CD national park!
As of today this national park protects over 800 square miles of mountains, rivers,preserves, and is a safe haven for more than 15,000 different species of plants and animals!
Last year over nine million visitors enjoyed the Great Smokies National Park. More than any other national park in the U.S.! There are also no admission fees to the park. The Smokies far outspace any other national park in the U.S., by both visits and visitor spending. $718 million dollars was spent in local businesses and 13,000 local jobs are a direct result of this park's presence!
Plan a trip to the Smokies this year. I promise, you won't be disappointed! But remember, never feed the bears!


Cheryl and Carman said...

The Great Smoky Mountains Park sounds lovely!
Beautiful pictures!

Lucy said...

I'd love to live there and soak up all that beauty. I've been through there once and fell in love. *sigh*