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FRIENDS OF GREAT SMOKY MOUNTAIN NATIONAL PARK INC Organization Name provided in the GuideStar Exchange* as of 07/02/2014: FRIENDS OF GREAT SMOKY MOUNTAIN NATIONAL PARK INC

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AKA  Friends of the Smokies
Kodak, TN
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FRIENDS OF GREAT SMOKY MOUNTAIN NATIONAL PARK INC Organization Name provided in the GuideStar Exchange* as of 07/02/2014: FRIENDS OF GREAT SMOKY MOUNTAIN NATIONAL PARK INC

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Also Known As: Friends of the Smokies
Physical Address: Kodak, TN 37764 7660
EIN: 62-1564782
Web URL: www.friendsofthesmokies.org 
NTEE Category: C Environmental Quality Protection, Beautification
C12 Fund Raising and/or Fund Distribution
C Environmental Quality Protection, Beautification
C30 Natural Resource Conservation and Protection
C Environmental Quality Protection, Beautification
C99 Environmental Quality, Protection, and Beautification N.E.C.
Ruling Year: 1996 
How This Organization Is Funded: 2012 Contributions and Grants - $1,435,662
License plate revenue- State of Tennessee & State of North Carolina - $815,883
Special Events, net of direct expenses - $269,440


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Mission Statement

While the National Park Service is charged with taking care of the core needs of the park's natural, cultural, and visitor resources, Friends of the Smokies helps the park do even more, catalyzing efforts to study, protect, and restore our natural heritage; expanding programs that benefit schoolchildren in surrounding communities; restoring and sharing the park's rich cultural history; improving opportunities for safe recreation in the backcountry; and acting on other timely opportunities to preserve and protect the Great Smoky Mountains. Working together, we make the Smokies even greater.

Legitimacy Information

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Fiscal Year Starting: January 1, 2012
Fiscal Year Ending: December 31, 2012

Total Revenue $2,737,261
Total Expenses $1,930,046

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Fiscal Year Ending: December 31, 2012

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Mr. James Hart

Profile:

Spent 35 years in television station management.   Managed NBC stations in Winston-Salem, North Carolina and Cincinnati, Ohio, as well as WBIR-TV Channel 10 in Knoxville, 1981-1994. President of Multimedia Broadcasting. Senior Vice President for Television- Scripps Howard Broadcasting 1995 until retirement in 2002. Appointed Executive Director of Friends of Great Smoky Mountains National Park in May 2002. President of Friends of the Smokies since February 2005.

Leadership Statement:

Our challenge is to keep moving forward and continue to emphasize Great Smoky Mountains National Park as a national, natural treasure that is worth preserving and protecting.  We are thankful for every faithful and generous gift of volunteer time and financial resources.- Jim Hart, President

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Programs

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Budget:
$114,900
Category:
Educational Delivery
Population Served:
Children Only (5 - 14 years)
Youth/Adolescents only (14 - 19 years)
Adults

Program Description:

Approximately 18,000 students every year in Tennessee and North Carolina receive curriculum-based environmental education opportunities through the Parks as Classrooms program.  These hands-on, ranger-led lessons utilizing Great Smoky Mountains National Park as an enormous outdoor classroom help foster a love for nature and inform the next generation of park supporters.

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Program: 2014 Suppress Hemlock Woolly Adelgid Infestation (GuideStar Exchange,
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Budget:
$20,000
Category:
Natural Resources Conservation & Protection
Population Served:
General Public/Unspecified
None
None

Program Description:

Since 2003, Friends of the Smokies has taken a leadership role in supporting the most ambitious program in the Southeast aimed at protecting hemlocks from the invasive and deadly hemlock woolly adelgid.  The eastern hemlock is the only shade-tolerant conifer in the Smokies, and it helps to regulate forest and stream temperatures to support the habitat of a myriad of other spoecies including brook trout and migratory birds.  Protection includes a combination of soap spraying in the front country, systemic pesticides in more remote areas, and biological control using predator beetles raised in the Lindsay Young Beneficial Insect Lab at UT.

Program Long-Term Success:

Through these efforts, a percentage of the eastern hemlock trees in Great Smoky Mountains National Park, and their genetic material, will be preserved for the benefit of the natural environment and the enjoyment of future generations.

Program Short-Term Success:

To date, more than 200,000 individual hemlock trees have been hand-treated, and more than 4,400 acres of hemlock-dominated forest have been set aside as special conservation areas. 

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Program: 2014 Black Bear Conservation Programs (GuideStar Exchange,
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Budget:
$99,324
Category:
Wild Animals Preservation & Protection
Population Served:
General Public/Unspecified
None
None

Program Description:

$86,324 for seasonal staff to manage wildlife and safety issues, especially working traffic jams that result from bear sightings along park roadways for the protection of both black bears and park visitors; $9,000 to support the Appalachian Bear Rescue center in Townsend, TN which rehabilitates orphaned and injured black bears for reintroduction into their native habitat; $4,000 to maintain black bear-resistant food storage hoisting systems at all backcountry campsites & shelters for the safety of hikers and bears

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Program: 2014 Support Appalachian Trail Ridgerunner Program (GuideStar Exchange,
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Budget:
$37,600
Category:
Environment, General/Other
Population Served:
General Public/Unspecified
None
None

Program Description:

Each year the park recruits a series of individuals who provide a presence on the Appalchian Trail from March through October.  They provide visitor information, natural resource protection, perform trail maintenance, pack out litter, keep up composting privies, report on trail and backcountry shelter conditions, report emergencies, advise hkers on food storage and other regulations, and relay real-time information regarding possible problem bears.  The presence on the A.T. for over 15 years has made a huge difference in the park's ability to manage the A.T. in the Smokies.

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Program: 2014 Trails Forever Rehabilitation of Chimney Tops Trail (Phases 2 & 3) (GuideStar Exchange,
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Budget:
$200,000
Category:
Natural Resources Conservation & Protection
Population Served:
General Public/Unspecified
None
None

Program Description:

These funds will support the continuation of trail rehabilitation along one of the most heavily-traveled trails in the Smokies. This project will resolve safety issues and make the trail more enjoyable to hike.

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Each year, Friends of Great Smoky Mountains National Park provides more than $1 million to support education, historic preservation, trail maintenance, and wildlife, natural and cultural resource protection, and volunteerism in Great Smoky Mountains National Park. In addition to meeting annual Park needs to assist in protecting visitors, black bears and fragile ecosystems, safeguarding historic sites, helping teachers, and giving thousands of young people from all over the world the oppotunity to experience all of the wonders of the Smokies through unforgettable educational experiences, this year we are celebrating our 20th anniversary and watching the continued success of the $4 million Trails Forever endowment as Phase II work progresses on the Chimney Tops Trail. Interest from the Trails Forever endowment is funding a third, permanent trail maintenance work crew in Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Already through the work of the Trails Forever crew and volunteers, the high elevation Forney Ridge Trail to Andrews Bald has been completely transformed. Work is currently underway on a major trail transformation at Chimney Tops, one of the most popular visitor destinations in Great Smoky Mountains National Park.
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