On March 12, President Trump signed a legislative measure that will ensure the preservation and expansion of three historic Georgia sites: Ocumulgee National Monument, Fort Frederica National Monument, and Kennesaw Mountain Battlefield Park.
The law, originally authored by Senator Johnny Isakson (R-Ga.) also reauthorizes funding at the state, local, and federal levels to preseve the Augusta Canal as a National Heritage Area. The move comes to the state of Georgia, promising to “promote tourism and commerce for the area” according to a release by Sen. Isakson’s office.
All three of Isakson’s bills, known as the Ocmulgee Mounds National Historical Park Boundary Revision Act, the Fort Frederica National Monument Boundary Expansion Act, and the Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park Boundary Adjustment Act were signed collectively as a public lands legislative package titled S.47.
The bipartisan legislation also included language “long supported” by Sen. Isakson to “reauthorize the Land and Water Conservation Fund.”
The bills add new areas and land to each of the three main National Monuments and Parks.
Ocmulgee National Monument will expand from around 700 to 2,800 acres, Fort Frederica National Monument will expand to 305 acres from 205 while Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park would now incldue the historic Wallis House and Harriston Hill, adding eight additional acres and new original structures.
The measure incorporating these three bills passed the United States Senate on Feb. 12 and the U.S. House on Feb. 26. before being signed into law.
“This new law will benefit residents and visitors across much our state, from the Georgia coast at Fort Frederica in St. Simons to middle Georgia where we are creating the new Ocmulgee Mounds National Historical Park in Macon, to hte Central Savannah River Area’s Augusta Canal, and further north at Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park,” said Isakson in a press release. “I appreciate the dedication of state, local and federal officials for working with me to see this through to preserve Georgia’s rich history, to expand recreational activities and to provide a boost for our tourism industry. I thank the president for signing it quickly into law.”