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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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GSMA Aid-to-Park Program

Aid-to-Park for 2013

"Aid-to-park for 2013 was $1,524,784, another strong year of support, especially considering the circumstances: a massive rain event washed out a portion of the main park road in mid-January and kept this important transportation artery closed until April 15; and the federal government shutdown October 1-16, which shuttered all our in-park retail operations," said Executive Director Terry Maddox.

Great Smoky Mountains Association’s contribution to Great Smoky Mountains National Park is made up of three broad categories:
• in-kind services, which are primarily labor expenses
• publications & digital media, which include development costs and free publications
• cash donations, which are provided for a host of educational, historical, interpretive and scientific projects

$591,208 - In-Kind Services, includes salaries for more than 60 park employees: park backcountry information staff, library staff, living history demonstrators, publications staff, and visitor center staff

$227,896 - Interpretive Operations, includes funds for special events, festivals, and interpretive demonstrations, including the Spring Wildflower Pilgrimage, Music of the Mountains, Mountain Life Festival, sorghum molasses making, and library supplies and materials:
$46,199 - Backcountry Information staff 
$32,714 - Library staff
$60,446 - Living history demonstrators 
$29,250 - Misc. and library operations
$25,686 - Parks as Classrooms Coordinator
$33,601 - Special events and demonstrations

$162,537- Publications Development & Production, including free publications, such as Smokies Guide newspaper and pre-press costs for sales publications

$543,143 - Special Projects Funded by GSMA:
$13,500 - Association of Partners for Public Lands Sponsorship and Dues
$3,000 - Cataloochee Historic Fields Management, mowing and maintaining fields
$964 - Experience Your Smokies, Outreach program for area community leaders
$42,119 – Great Smoky Mountain Institute at Tremont, Funding for youth and adult environmental education at Tremont (includes proceeds from Tremont visitor center store)
$10,198 - GSMNP Backcountry Website, new backcountry reservation system
$198 - GSMNP Backcountry Software, new backcountry reservation system
$1,033 - GSMNP Digital Storytelling, award-winning historic preservation program
$1,674 - GSMNP Podcast Upkeep, Educational videos on the park
$1,368 - GSMNP Purchase Knob Website, the science and education center
$18,175 - GSMNP Resource Education Interns, Students who present programs to youth and adults
$113 - GSMNP Visitor Center Door Counters, tracking visitation
$39,300 - Hemlock Adelgid Control
$1,452 - Leave No Trace, teaches backcountry use ethics
$138,127 - Oconaluftee Visitor Center Interest on loan
$1,040 - Resource and Visitor Protection Student Conservation Association Costs, Interns that help rangers
$4,800 - Resource Education Grant to establish Student Archeology Field School, Involves local students in research
$2,000 - Resource Education Grant Ticket to Ride Funding, For Parks as Classrooms participants
$2,320 - Resource Education Intern Housing, For interns in environmental education
$3,039 - Resource Education Support Costs, For Junior Ranger, exhibits, etc.
$14,352 - Hemlock Adelgid T-shirt, Save the Hemlock t-shirt net proceeds used to save hemlock trees
$16,495 - SCA student interns Housing 
$32,104 - SCA Parkwide Cost-of-living stipends for student interns
$128,262 - Sugarlands Visitor Center Interior Design Project, For remodel of visitor center lobby
$5,526 - Sugarlands Visitor Center Media Upkeep, Maintenance costs of theater and exhibits
$7,982 - Trails Forever Endowment, from Dolly’s Sha-Kon-O-Hey! CD sales proceeds used to improve trails in park
$60 - Twin Creeks Greenhouse Heater , For native plant cultivation
$22,379 – Utilities fees at Cades Cove Visitor Center
$2,851 - Electricity generation for Clingmans Dome Information Center
$12,742 – Electricity for Oconaluftee Visitor Center
$5,737 - Volunteer Program Parkwide Support
$952 - Support for volunteers in the park’s Cades Cove district
$3,646 - Support for volunteers in the park’s north district
$1,118 - Support for volunteers in the park’s south district
$630 - Support for volunteers in interpretation and education
$687 - Volunteer Program-Student Internship
$3,200 - Support for volunteers in the park’s wildlife management division

Highlights of Business Activity in 2013
$5,742,184 - Total 2013 sales
$574,325 - Total 2013 membership dues
$281,130 - Total 2013 donations, including honor system sales
$6,621,889 - Total 2013 revenue

Aid to GSMNP through the Years:
2013  - $1,524,784
2012  - $1,834,475
2011  - $4,710,863
2010  - $1,531,616
2009  - $1,927,142
2008  - $1,836,192
2007  - $1,760,866
2006  - $1,644,215
2005  - $1,680,863
2004  - $1,261,508
2003  - $1,258,755
2002  - $1,140,027
2001  - $935,234
2000  - $714,477
1999  - $1,385,480
1998  - $749,048
1997  - $615,473
1996  - $436,720
1995  - $424,790
1994  - $374,962
1993  - $529,726
1992  - $511,987

Total Since 1953: $31,516,556