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Great Smoky Mountains National Park

It was founded June 15, 1934 which is 83 years ago today.

"Great Smoky Mountains National Park straddles the border between North Carolina and Tennessee. The sprawling landscape encompasses lush forests and an abundance of wildflowers that bloom year-round. Streams, rivers and waterfalls appear along hiking routes that include a segment of the Appalachian Trail. An observation tower tops Clingmans Dome, the highest peak, offering scenic views of the mist-covered mountains."

Trump donates first-quarter salary to National Park Service

"President Trump will donate his first three months of salary to the National Park Service, White House press secretary Sean Spicer announced Monday.

"The president has spoken with counsel and made the decision to donate his first-quarter salary to a government entity," Spicer said at Monday's briefing.

Spicer handed a check for $78,333.32 for the National Park Service to Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke. Spicer said the paycheck starts from Jan. 20, when Trump took office, until now."

Forest Preserve in NY – Classification by Acres

Protected by Article XIV of the New York State Constitution, the Forest Preserve is defined as public lands in the Adirondack and Catskill Parks within "forest preserve counties" as defined by the New York State Legislature. These lands are identified as [ECL 9-0101]"...lands owned or hereafter acquired by the state within the county of Clinton, except the towns of Altona and Dannemora, and the counties of Delaware, Essex, Franklin Fulton, Hamilton, Herkimer, Lewis, Oneida, Saratoga, Saint Lawrence, Warren, Washington, Greene, Ulster and Sullivan,..."

Forest Preserve lands are further broken down into categories based on their capacity to withstand use. These categories are defined in the 1987 (updated 2010) Adirondack Park State Land Master Plan (APSLMP) and/or the 1985 (updated 2008) Catskill Park State Land Master Plan (CPSLMP) depending on which Park(s) they are found in. These classifications are: Wilderness, Wild Forest, Canoe (Adirondacks only), Primitive (Adirondacks only), Primitive Bicycle Corridor (Catskills only), Intensive Use, Historic (Adirondacks only), State Administrative and Detached Forest Preserve.

More information on the state's Forest Preserve can be found here:

800 percent increase coming in cost of senior passes to national parks

"To be clear, the current price – $10 for a lifetime of access to any and all national parks and federal lands – may be the best of all bargains available to America’s seniors. For less than the price of a pizza, you can gain admittance to every national park, from Acadia to Yosemite, from Denali to the Everglades, and every Glacier and Yellowstone in between, at any time, for the rest of your life."

"In all, the $10 pass gains seniors access to more than 2,000 federal recreation areas."

"But last month, Congress raised the price of a National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands senior pass to $80."

Google Maps: DEC Lean-tos Map – Updated February 2016

One of the most popular posts on my blog is a list of lean-tos in the state. The list has gotten about five years out of date, so I updated the map with the latest data I had gotten from the DEC, which was last exported in February 2016. Lean-tos are shown as balloons, color coded based on the forest unit they reside in.