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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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Cindy MacLeod Selected as
Acting Superintendent of GSMNP

National Park Service Southeast Regional Director Stan Austin announced that Cindy MacLeod has been selected as the acting superintendent of Great Smoky Mountains National Park effective June 1.  MacLeod is the superintendent of Independence National Historical Park in Philadelphia.  She replaces Pedro Ramos who has been the acting superintendent since January.  Ramos will return to his position as superintendent of Big Cypress National Preserve in Florida.

“Cindy is an experienced superintendent and I know she will bring great leadership and energy to the Smokies until we complete the search for a permanent superintendent,” Austin said.

MacLeod said, "I think this is a dream job, especially for the summer.  I look forward to working with the park staff, volunteers, and partners to continue to meet the mission of taking care of and learning about the wondrous diversity of life, and providing for its enjoyment in a safe, sustainable way.”

MacLeod began her career with the National Park Service in Michigan in 1980 as an architectural historian. She worked in the National Park Service regional offices in Omaha, Neb., and in Philadelphia.  She served in international assignments in Poland and France.  Prior to joining Independence National Historical Park, she was superintendent of Richmond National Battlefield Park and Maggie L. Walker National Historic Site, in Virginia.

MacLeod has a master’s degree in architectural history from the University of Virginia and a bachelor's degree from Duke University, where she majored in both zoology and comparative literature.  She completed Harvard University’s Senior Managers in Government Program and the Senior Executive Service training program.  She is married to architect Douglas Harnsberger, and they have two children.

Great Smoky Mountains National Park is one of the largest protected land areas east of the Rocky Mountains, with more than 500,000 acres of forests and more than 2,000 miles of streams.  It spans eastern Tennessee and western North Carolina along the high peaks of the Appalachian Mountains.  It is the nation's most visited national park, with more than nine million visitors a year.

 

Great Smoky Mountains Association
earns 6 Public Lands awards

Great Smoky Mountains Association earned two first-place awards and four honorable mentions in the Media and Partnership Awards competition held by the Association of Partners for Public Lands in Albuquerque, N.Mex., last month.
First-place honors were awarded in the Informational Publications category to Smokies Guide, the official Great Smoky Mountains National Park quarterly newspaper, and in the Electronic Media category to “An Island in the Sky: Clingmans Dome and the Spruce -Fir Forest,” the first in GSMA’s Smoky Mountain Explorer video series.

Contest judges said of the newspaper: “The Smokies Guide consistently delivers well-written content in an engaging style and design. It is a model of an effective publication that stands the test of time. (It consists of) positive, up-beat, lively text, (which is) easy to read and comprehend. Makes me want to clip and save articles.”

Of “An Island in the Sky,” judges said: “This video addresses all aspects of the agency mission from cultural and natural history and recreation to ecosystem management, invasive species, climate change and other emerging issues. This video does an excellent job of simplifying some very complex concepts. A gorgeous video that is interesting and insightful.”

“I’m proud of the work our staff does everyday to further the mission of our organization,” said GSMA Executive Director Terry Maddox. “While most visitors may not realize how often they interact with the many GSMA-supported projects ongoing in the park, I assure you their time here would be less fulfilling if these endeavors did not exist.”

GSMA staffers received honorable mentions in these APPL contest areas:
• 2014 Great Smoky Mountain Calendar, Informational Publications category
• “Smoky Mountain Minute” video series, Multi-media category
• 60th Anniversary Celebration and Membership Appreciation Weekend, Commemorative Program/Project category
• “Scavenger Hikes Adventures and Mountain Journal, Children’s Media category
The Association of Partners for Public Lands’ mission is to enhance the potential of its members, all of which are dedicated to enriching the public’s understanding, appreciation and stewardship of America’s natural and cultural heritage.