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Ocmulgee Mounds, Fort Frederica, Kennesaw Mountain slated for expansion, preservation 

MARIETTA, Ga. – U.S. Senator Johnny Isakson, R-Ga., applauded last week’s committee passage of legislation he has championed to expand and protect three Georgia historic sites with oversight from the U.S. Department of the Interior: Ocmulgee National Monument, Fort Frederica National Monument and Kennesaw Mountain Battlefield Park.

Following passage by the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources on Thursday, March 30, 2017, the bills now move to the full Senate for a vote.

“Preserving the rich historical significance and archaeological heritage of some of Georgia’s oldest historic landmarks will give visitors a chance to experience Georgia’s history – from indigenous inhabitants to its founding by General James Oglethorpe to our nation’s Civil War,” said Isakson. “The legislation would also provide an economic boost for Georgia’s tourism industry, and I am proud to join the long list of federal, state and community leaders who support these efforts to preserve and protect these lands. I look forward to a full Senate vote soon.”

The Ocmulgee Mounds National Historical Park Boundary Revision Act (H.R.538) would designate Ocmulgee National Monument in Macon, Ga., as Georgia’s first national historical park and expand its boundaries from approximately 700 acres to over 2,000 acres. It would also change the park’s name from “Ocmulgee National Monument” to “Ocmulgee Mounds National Historical Park” in order to increase name recognition and draw additional visitors. The measure would also authorize a resources study to expand the park even further and include additional opportunities for hunting, camping, fishing, and other recreational activities.

The Fort Frederica National Monument Boundary Expansion Act (H.R.494) would increase the maximum number of acres that may be included in the monument, located on St. Simon’s Island, Ga., from 250 acres to 305 acres. Due to current statute, legislation is required to expand the authorized boundary and remove the 250-acre ceiling established by Congress in 1958. It also allows the National Park Service to acquire, by donation or purchase, the land and interests within the monument only from those willing to sell additional land for inclusion.

The Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park Boundary Adjustment Act (H.R.558) would add eight acres of land to the Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park in Kennesaw, Ga. The additional acres come at no cost to Georgia taxpayers and include the Wallis House and Harriston Hill. These locations will provide critical information about the positions of both Union and Confederate troops during the Battle of Kennesaw. The legislation also authorizes the National Park Service to acquire the land in question from willing landowners by donation or exchange only. The eight acres that will be added to the park has already been purchased by Cobb County and the Cobb Land Trust for the purposes of donating it to the National Park Service.