Staff report – Feb 19, 2014
Conservationists have been trying to expand the monument into a national park for years, and the boundary study is the first step in those efforts. In recent months, they announced the purchase of 679 acres of riverfront land near Bond Swamp as part of their bid. The nonprofit Ocmulgee National Park and Preserve Initiative has led the charge. The nonprofit has teamed with the National Parks Conservation Association and economic development leaders on expanding the monument from its current 702 acres in Bibb County to potentially thousands of acres between Macon and Hawkinsville.