Apparently, Thursday was “Expand Georgia’s National Parks Day” in Senator Isakson’s office. He reintroduced legislation to protect and expand the parks of Fort Frederica, Kennesaw Mountain and the Ocmulgee Mounds. The legislative effort included Senator David Perdue and a bi-partisan coterie of Georgia’s congressional delegation introducing the same legislation in the House of Representatives.
The Fort Frederica National Monument Boundary Expansion Act would increase the maximum number of acres that may be included in the monument from 250 acres to 305 acres.
The Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park Boundary Adjustment Act protects Kennesaw Mountain and Kolb’s Farm, which are Civil War battle sites along the route of General Sherman’s 1864 campaign to take Atlanta. The Wallis House is one of the few remaining structures from the battle and its inclusion will provide visitors with a unique perspective of the park’s historical significance.
Expanding the park to include these additional eight acres will more effectively convey the magnitude of the Battle of Kennesaw Mountain.
The Ocmulgee Mounds National Historical Park Boundary Revision Act to expand the current Ocmulgee National Monument from 702 acres to approximately 2,800 acres and change its name to “Ocmulgee Mounds National Historical Park.” The legislation also authorizes a resources study to evaluate potential future park expansions, which would further protect vulnerable land and allow visitors more opportunities for recreational activities.