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Secretary Jewell Visits the Great Smoky Mountains


March 3, 2014

In a visit to the Great Smoky Mountains, Secretary Jewell and Senator Lamar Alexander of Tennessee joined regional stakeholders, local leaders and park officials for a discussion on the importance of public-private partnerships in conserving and honoring our country’s shared history for future generations. Secretary Jewell and Senator Alexander recognized important community efforts that have benefitted the Park, and underscored the importance of these types of collaborations in preserving America’s cultural heritage.


  • As part of the Secretary's effort to explore the Smokies, she joined local park officials for a two-mile hike on the Chimney Tops Trail to see the progress of the restoration work. Photo: DOI
    Secretary Jewell hiking with group
  • At the top of the trail, Secretary Jewell and Acting Superintendent of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park Pedro Ramos discussed trail improvement, volunteer work, and partnership with the Trails Forever Program. Photo: DOI
    Jewell and Ramos
  • At a meeting with local stakeholders, Secretary Jewell and Senator Alexander unveiled construction plans of the Joint Curatorial Collections Facility that will house more than 800,000 historical artifacts and archival records.
    Jewell, Alexander and Stakeholders
  • Speaking before regional stakeholders and local leaders, Secretary Jewell praised the value of the park. “The Smokies are a gem. The families that gave up their land many years ago to make this park really gave a gift to all Americans,” said Jewell. Photo: DOI
    Jewell at the podium
  • Secretary Jewell hiking with group
  • Jewell and Ramos
  • Jewell, Alexander and Stakeholders
  • Jewell at the podium