Wonderful news! Bill creating Ocmulgee National Historic Park has passed!
Both the House of Representatives and the Senate have approved, with strong bipartisan support, the 2800 acre Ocmulgee National Historic Park. The bill is now on the President’s desk for signing. This has been a dream of the people of Macon . . . and the Creek People . . . for 86 years. In the early 1930s the people of Macon contributed the money for purchasing about 2000 acres for this National Park, but the Federal government only took ownership of about 700 acres then labeled their land a national monument. A national historic park is eligible for much larger grants to support archaeological and historical research, plus more rangers. We are grateful for the hard work of the people of Macon in staying behind this bill for ten years, until it could become a reality. The second phase of the new national park’s expansion will extend it southward for a total length of 38 miles. That change is expected to be several years in the future, because it will take awhile for the park staff to incorporate the additional acreage in the first bill.
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