New Yorker on Great Smokies hemlocks

December 5, 2007

Richard Preston, author of scary non-fiction biological books such as The Hot Zone, has now turned his attention in this week’s New Yorker magazine to a killer stalking the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.


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Changing visitors spell uncertain future for National Parks

August 1, 2007

The Chattanooga Times Free Press has an interesting piece on changes in the demographics of visitors to National Parks and what this means for the future of those parks. Writer Angie Herrington talked to Shawn Benge, the superintendent of Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park. and Bob Miller, spokesman for the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

Benge notes that white males come to Civil War parks to learn about the battles and “who shot who” and may be following the footsteps of their ancestors. This is not the case with minority visitors, who Benge speculates might be more interested in the reasons the war was fought.


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