[at-l] Smokies Partners Renovate 15th Shelter

Frank Looper nightwalker.at at gmail.com
Wed Dec 28 15:39:51 CST 2011


Thanks a lot to all of you. I went through last year, and the renovated
shelters were awesome. :-)

Frankenwalker
On Dec 28, 2011 3:24 PM, "Jim Smith" <jim at smithbasement.com> wrote:

> *Friends of **Great Smoky Mountains** National Park*
>
> *www.friendsofthesmokies.org* <http://www.friendsofthesmokies.org/>**
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> *For Immediate Release:* December 28, 2011
>
> *Contact:* Holly Scott, (800) 845-5665
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> * *
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> *Smokies Partners Renovate 15th Shelter*
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> (Kodak, TN) – Hikers on the Appalachian Trail may never tell campfire
> stories about the renovation of all 15 backcountry shelters in the Smokies,
> but they benefit from some amazing partnerships after a hard day’s trek.
>
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> Joint efforts of labor and funding from Friends of the Smokies, the
> Appalachian Trail Conservancy, and the Smoky Mountains Hiking Club improved
> cooking and sleeping quarters for campers, while also reducing potential
> problems with black bears.
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> Reconstruction at Laurel Gap, the fifteenth and final shelter project,
> began in September, but weather prevented delivery of roofing materials by
> helicopter.  The volunteer crew returned the first week of December to
> finish roofing the shelter under the threat of winter snows.  Laurel Gap is
> located in North Carolina, near the intersection of the Sterling Ridge and
> Balsam Mountain Trails.  Twelve of the Park’s 15 backcountry shelters are
> located on the Appalachian Trail; Mt. LeConte, Laurel Gap and Kephart Prong
> are not.
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> “As with all of the shelter projects over the years, this one required a
> real team effort,” said Jim Hart, President of Friends of the Smokies. “We
> are very grateful to all the partners and donors, to project coordinator
> Phyllis Henry, and to all the great volunteers for pitching in yet again.
>
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> Funds from Friends of the Smokies and the Appalachian Trail Conservancy
> furnished supplies and helicopter delivery of materials to the remote
> shelter locations. The Appalachian Trail Maintainers Committee of the Smoky
> Mountains Hiking Club provided the skilled volunteer labor necessary to
> rebuild each shelter; their work was supervised by staff from the
> Appalachian Trail Conservancy and Great Smoky Mountains National Park.
>
>
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> The Richard Haiman National Park Foundation contributed well over $100,000
> to Friends of the Smokies since 1999 to support a dozen shelter projects,
> including Laurel Gap. Additional financial support came from Friends of the
> Smokies’ specialty license plate owners in Tennessee and North Carolina,
> Home Federal Bank, Maureen K. Wilder and William O. Young.
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> Architect Philip Royer of Knoxville, also a member of the Appalachian
> Trail Maintainers Committee, drew the basic blueprint for every shelter
> rehab project, incorporating improved natural lighting, a cooking area to
> separate food odors from the sleeping space, improved bunk access, new
> roofs and masonry repair, the removal of chain-link fences, and drainage
> improvements. With these changes, overnight hikers enjoy a much safer and
> much more inviting camping experience.
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>
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> “The redesigned shelters look great, and they make overnight trips in the
> Smokies so much better for thousands of backpackers every year,” said
> Darren Haiman, a trustee of the Haiman Foundation, which was established by
> Darren’s father, Richard. “We’re very glad that we’ve had a chance to work
> with Friends of the Smokies over the years to make these improvements
> possible.”
>
>
>
> Friends of the Smokies, an independent, 501(c)(3) non-profit organization,
> helps preserve and protect Great Smoky Mountains National Park by raising
> funds and public awareness and providing volunteers for needed projects.
> Since 1993, Friends of the Smokies has raised more than $34 million to help
> support conservation, education, recreation, and other park priorities.
>
>
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> To learn more, please visit:
>
>             Friends of the Smokies - www.friendsofthesmokies.org
>
>             Shelter Renovation Flickr Albums-
> http://www.flickr.com/photos/smokiesfriends
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> Haiman Foundation - richardhaimannationalparksfoundation.org<http://www.richardhaimannationalparksfoundation.org/>
>
>                         Appalachian Trail Conservancy -
> www.appalachiantrail.org
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>                         Smoky Mountains Hiking Club - www.smhclub.org
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