06.03.09

Resolution Recognizing 75th Anniversary of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park Passes Congress

Yesterday, U.S. Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) sponsored a resolution to recognize the 75th anniversary of the creation of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park that passed both the Senate and House. The resolutions were also sponsored by Senators Lamar Alexander (R-TN), Bob Corker (R-TN), and Kay Hagan (D-NC) in the Senate; and by Congressmen Phil Roe (R-TN 1) and Jimmy Duncan (R-TN 2) in the House

"I am pleased the Senate passed a resolution today honoring the 75th anniversary of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park," Burr said."The Great Smoky Mountains National Park has been, and will forever be, an integral part of North Carolina's history and culture. Even more, for 75 years the park has been an outdoor classroom for all Americans, a place where all generations can come and discover the wonder of nature.

"I congratulate all of the Park Rangers and Staff who help preserve this magnificent mountain range for us and for generations to come."

The Great Smoky Mountains National Park is the most visited national park in the country, attracting over nine million visitors each year. The park today covers approximately 521,621 acres of land in North Carolina and Tennessee, making it the largest protected area in the eastern United States.