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Wildfire Experts To Review Deadly Chimney Tops 2 Fire At Great Smoky Mountains National Park

A team of fire experts is assembling at Great Smoky Mountains National Park to conduct a review of the deadly Chimney Tops 2 fire that started in the park the day before Thanksgiving and blew up the following Monday to engulf Gatlinburg, Tennessee.
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Hiring Freeze Exemptions Help National Park Service In Short Term, But Long-Term Concerns Persist

Exemptions to President Trump's hiring freeze for federal employees will allow the National Park Service to address seasonal and short-term positions, but uncertainty remains over the size of the agency's permanent workforce and whether it will be sufficient to manage the more than 400 units of the National Park System, a National Parks Conservation Association official said Wednesday.
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Newfound Gap Road In Great Smoky Mountains National Park Being Considered For National Scenic Byway Designation

Great Smoky Mountains National Park is seeking the public’s input on a draft corridor management plan for Newfound Gap Road. The development of the plan is required for park officials to seek designation for the road as a National Scenic Byway, a designation that opens up opportunities to the park and gateway communities to compete for special grants that enhance the travel corridor.
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