During the Great Depression the National Park Service was only able to protect 675 acres when it established the Ocmulgee Indian Mounds National Monument. A new boundary study includes plans to expand the Monument and protect fragile archaeology, including Native American mounds and 17,000 years of antiquities.
The Ocmulgee National Park and Preserve Initiative, together with local citizens, partner organizations, and the National Park Conservation Association, propose linking the Monument with other public lands to create the first national park and preserve in the East. The new boundaries would preserve a significant migratory bird flyway, forests, and swamps. Access to the Ocmulgee River and Georgia’s newest water trail are part of the proposed expansion. Historic sites of the American Frontier period, War of 1812, and the Creek War will also be included in the expanded Monument boundary.
Here’s how you can help:
Attend the public meeting on Thursday, March 6 from 5:00-8:00 at the Visitor Center at the Ocmulgee National Monument 1207 Emery Hwy in Macon.
Please include these points in your comments if you choose to speak:
- I support Alternative B (the preferred alternative) to expand the monument boundary.
- I endorse the national park & preserve concept that would eventually connect and consolidate existing federal and state public lands between Macon and Hawkinsville.
- I urge the National Park Service to recommend that Congress authorize further study of the national significance of the natural and cultural resources in this extended river corridor.
- If you prefer to submit written comments on March 6, you can print and sign the attached letter.
Take action now by submitting your comments to Ocmulgee Superintendent Jim David. Ask him to protect a treasured landscape where history and culture combine with wildlife and nature to form one of the last best places in the Southeast. You can submit comments online to the National Park Service through Friday, March 21.
Please share this information with your friends and family, including those beyond the Middle Georgia area. National Parks are for all of us.