Smokies enters sister park agreement with Thailand park

Smokies enters sister park agreement with Thailand park

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Smokies Park Superintendent Dale Ditmanson and Khao Yai National Park Superintendent Krissada Homsud signed the arrangement at a ceremony at Park Headquarters. Smokies Park Superintendent Dale Ditmanson and Khao Yai National Park Superintendent Krissada Homsud signed the arrangement at a ceremony at Park Headquarters.

GATLINBURG (WATE) - The Great Smoky Mountains National Park established its first sister park agreement Friday with Khao Yai National Park in Thailand. Smokies Park Superintendent Dale Ditmanson and Khao Yai National Park Superintendent Krissada Homsud signed the arrangement at a ceremony at Park Headquarters.

Though not exact twins, the two parks share a number of similar resources and protected area management and operational concerns.

Both parks are also the most visited national parks within their respective countries, which presents similar challenges associated with high visitor use and potential impact due to adjacent land use and development.

Both parks are popular for spectacular wildlife viewing, streams and waterfalls, and lush mountain forests. 

Several National Park Service sites have established sister park relationships with national parks in other countries. These partnerships increase information sharing and direct park-to-park contacts to address common issues.

 

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