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Wednesday, 26 April 2017 14:32

Great Smoky Mountains Association gives $2 million to the Smokies

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The Great Smoky Mountains Association had its best year every for sales and membership in 2016, allowing the organization to contribute more than $2 million in support of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

The donations include the more than $200,000 that GSMA raised following the November wildfires to assist park employees, volunteers and affiliates who lost their homes. 

In 2016, the GSMA donated $862,000 toward special projects, $781,000 in in-kind services and $205,000 for park interpretive operations. 

Special projects funding covered a long list of endeavors, but highlights include $18,000 for bear collars, $138,000 for resource management and science interns and $50,000 for fence repair and maintenance at Cades Cove. Park interpretive funding provided $51,000 for backcountry information staff, $43,000 for library staff and $36,000 for special events and demonstrations, among other line items. 

The $2 million donated in 2016 brings GSMA’s total contribution over its 64-year history to $37.6 million.

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