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Smoky Mountain Magic

SMOKY MOUNTAIN MAGIC--Horace Kephart's fictional adventure set in the Deep Creek watershed, Cherokee Indian Reservation, and Bryson City in the summer of 1925. Written in 1929 and never before published. The original manuscript was passed down for 3 generations recently surfaced during the park's 75th anniversary celebration. "What better topic than a journey into a forbidden realm, complete with witches, robber barons, noble savages and a winsome lady, all wrapped in a cloak of mystery and myth?" asks reviewer Gary Carden. Kephart is featured in Ken Burn's PBS series on our national parks. He is the author of "Our Southern Highlanders", "Cherokees of the Smokies", and "Camping and Woodcraft". Available in hardcover and softcover. Read More >

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2012 GSMA Budget

The 2012 budget for GSMA includes more than $1.9 million in aid to Great Smoky Mountains National Park for everything from history demonstrations to scientific research on mountain streams. 

One new GSMA-funded program this year will put two rangers and multiple special interns in the park’s backcountry.  The new personnel will enforce regulations, assist persons in distress, and educate hikers and horseback riders about low impact backcountry use.

GSMA will also continue to fund staff for the park’s backcountry information and registration offices.

Total Association backcountry support will be $78,399 this year. 

Historic preservation projects funded by GSMA include storage of the park’s artifact collection, staff for managing the museum collection, restoration of the Hannah cabin and J.C. Cable corn crib, design of exhibits for the Elkmont historic area, and historic landscape maintenance in Cades Cove and Cataloochee ($136,023).

GSMA will also fund a small army of interns and volunteers, including two law enforcement interns, 20 education interns, and hundreds of volunteers ($88,131).

Support for water quality monitoring, protecting hemlock trees, and upgrading the Sugarlands museum will total $150,000. 

The remainder of GSMA’s aid will cover park visitor center staff, historic demonstrations such as grist milling and sorghum making, free publications including the park newspaper and fishing regulations, the park library, parks as classrooms programs, Great Smoky Mountains Institute at Tremont, visitor center utilities, and other needs. 

Last year GSMA contributed a record $4.7 million in park aid, a figure that included construction of the new Oconaluftee Visitor Center and renovation of Clingmans Dome Information Center.