Little River Canyon National Preserve leading an economic and conservation renaissance

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Little River Canyon Falls – photo by Pat Byington, Bham Now

Last month on October 21st, Jacksonville State University (JSU) along with National Park Service officials and hundreds of citizens celebrated the 25th anniversary of the Little River Canyon National Preserve.

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Little River Canyon National Preserve visits nearly doubled in 2016

JSU Litt - Fort Payne, Alabamale River Canyon Center
Jacksonville State University Little Β River Canyon Center

According to the National Park Service (NPS), visitation at the Little River Canyon National Preserve nearly doubled in 2016.

Park visitation was over 462,703 in 2016 compared to 248,137 visitors in 2015. Β The 86% jump in attendance occurred primarily because the NPS increased its efforts to more accurately count visits to the park.

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Support for Freedom Riders National Park growing (slideshow)

Freedom Rider Charles Person and Secretary Sally Jewell
Freedom Rider Charles Person and Secretary Sally Jewell
  • Read about Freedom Rider Charles Person and his remarkable story – here.

Support for the proposed Freedom Riders National Park in Anniston received a big boost today in the opinion section of al.com with an essay by prominent National Park advocate and conservationist Frank Peterman.  

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Freedom rider Hank Thomas calls on Park Service to consecrate Anniston bus burning site as “holy ground”

Below – excerpts from the speech today by Hank Thomas, Freedom Rider and survivor of the Anniston Bus Burning.  

The speech was given after a tour of the proposed Freedom Riders Park.  The tour was part of a visit by Secretary of Interior Sally Jewell who later held a public hearing in downtown Anniston to consider a proposal to designate sites around Anniston as a National Park.

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