2016 Aid to Park
Thanks to record-breaking revenues in 2015, nonprofit Great Smoky Mountains Association plans to provide over $2 million in assistance to Great Smoky Mountains National Park in 2016. The monetary and in-kind aid will run the gamut from saving hemlock trees to restoring a historic grist mill to monitoring park streams for acidification caused by air pollution.
Below are just a few of the projects GSMA will fund this year:
• $268,000 to provide housing, supplies, and cost of living stipends for a small army of some
50 student interns who will present interpretive programs to park visitors and school kids, help protect wildlife in Cades Cove, and assist with resource management and science programs around the park (see photo below ).
• $38,740 to repair and create historical exhibits for the Palmer House in Cataloochee.
• $50,400 to repair and maintain historic fence lines in Cades Cove.
• $51,053 to protect the park’s historic artifact collection.
• $11,000 to mow fields in Cataloochee and Cades Cove to improve opportunities for wildlife viewing and maintain historic landscapes.
• $179,000 to support staffing for the park backcountry information office, library, historic gristmills, and Parks as Classrooms program.
• $86,000 to produce digital and print informational products such as the park newspaper, fishing regulations, campground fliers, area orientation maps, and safety bulletins.
• $32,000 for maintenance of the Appalachian Highlands Science Learning Center at Purchase Knob.