The Nationwide Park Service (NPS) and Macon-Bibb County introduced immediately that the county has donated a number of parcels of land totaling 250 acres to Okmulgee Mounds Nationwide Historic Park.
2019 John D. The Dingell, Jr. Conservation, Administration and Recreation Act (Public Regulation 116–9) almost quadrupled the park’s approved extent, then to 701 acres. This acquisition will increase the park’s restrict to 1857 acres and follows the current buy of 906 acres by the NPS from an vendor.
Ocmulgee Mounds Nationwide Historic Park Superintendent Carla Beasley stated, “Ocmulgee Mounds Nationwide Historic Park is a monument to greater than 12,000 years of steady human habitation by many indigenous cultures and peoples.” “These land donations from Macon-Bibb County contribute to that monument and improve the park’s capability to share and interpret the significance of these cultures in American historical past.”
The newly acquired space has proof of one of many longest intervals of human habitation in a comparatively small space. Nestled throughout the 250-acre Okmulgee Previous Fields, also referred to as the Macon Reserve, is a three-by-five-mile web site revered as a sacred place for the Muskogean individuals. The Ocmulgee Previous Fields-Macon Reserve consists of land held completely by the Muskogee (Creek) Nation from 1805 till the 1826 Treaty of Washington and different treaties that culminated within the elimination of the Muskogee individuals from their ancestral residence to present-day Oklahoma. Holding this land protected from main improvement supplies a possibility to inform the total story of American historical past. The triumphs and tragedies of those that have referred to as this area residence for hundreds of years proceed to form our lives and outline our collective heritage.
“From preserving historical past to rising leisure alternatives and tourism, this is without doubt one of the most essential efforts for our group and our area,” says Macon-Bib County Mayor Lester M. Miller. “I’m grateful to the staff that’s working intently with all ranges of presidency and with all companions to take this ahead.”
Extra assist from Ocmulgee Nationwide Park and Protect Innovation and the Nationwide Park Basis helped facilitate the land switch. “The civic assist in our group to this undertaking is astonishing. Central Georgia’s dedication to the cultural and ecological preservation of those holy lands is an emblem of who we’re and what we need to be as a area,” stated Okmulgee Nationwide Park and “That is actually a group effort and the influence will likely be generational,” stated Seth Clark, government director of the Protect Initiative.
The donated land is positioned to the southeast of the principle a part of the park. The newly acquired land will likely be initially closed to the general public because the NPS develops a administration plan to establish efficient methods to protect integrity and interprets it whereas offering entry to the positioning. NPS will invite public participation in web site planning.
Established in 1936 as a unit of the Nationwide Park Service, Ocmulgee Mounds Nationwide Historic Park preserves and interprets proof of one of many longest intervals of human habitation at any single web site within the nationwide park system. Ocmulgee Mounds Nationwide Historic Park homes artifacts from each main interval in American Indian historical past within the Southeast. Guests are inspired to discover the earthen mounds, a restored ceremonial earth lodge with authentic earthen flooring, an early colonial buying and selling submit, and Civil Battle earthquakes.