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Georgia Senators support turning Ocmulgee into a national park

U.S. Senators Johhny Isakson and Saxby Chambliss are joining their fellow Georgia representatives in Congress to back the expansion of Macon's Ocmulgee National Monument.

The pair introduced legislation Monday that would expand the monument and change the name to "Ocmulgee Mounds National Historical Park."

"Preserving the rich historical and archaeological heritage of one of Georgia's oldest historic landmarks will provide an economic boost for Middle Georgia's tourism industry and give visitors a chance to experience the legacy of Georgia's indigenous inhabitants," said Isakson. "I am proud to join the long list of federal, state and community leaders who support the effort to designate Ocmulgee Nation Monument as a Georgia's first national park."

Chambliss echoed Isakson, saying, "The Ocmulgee National Monument is a remarkable piece of our history that deserves to be preserved and celebrated.

I am pleased to join with the many elected and community leaders in Middle Georgia to designate this important space as a national park. By expanding the monument's boundaries and designating the space as a national park, Americans from all over the country will be able to experience 17,000 years of continuous human history right here in Georgia."

The Ocmulgee Mounds National Historical Park Boundary Revision Act of 2014 would expand the park's boundaries from around 700 acres to more than 2,000 acres.

U.S. House Representatives Austin Scott and Sanford Bishop introduced the companion legislation last month.


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