National Forests of Appalachia

Appalachia has very beautiful landscape. In order to protect and preserve the landscape, in 1911, Congress passed the Weeks Act, giving the federal government authority to create national forests and control timber harvesting. Regional writers and business interests led a movement to create national parks in the eastern United States, culminating in the creation of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park in Tennessee and North Carolina, Shenandoah National Park in Virginia, and the Blue Ridge Parkway in the 1930s. During the same period, New England forester Benton MacKaye led the movement to build the 2,175-mile (3,500 km) Appalachian Trail, which stretches from Georgia to Maine and extends into Canada.

I have, and still do, visit the Great Smoky Mountains quite frequently. I love it there. The beauty is astounding and the locals have done a great job creating a toursit industry. I have also had to the opportunity to see the Blue Ridge Parkway, which is breathtaking. Being that I love the mountains, I am so thankful that they were preserved for my generation and the generations to come.

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