Bill aims to move Ocmulgee National Monument closer to national park designation | Local & State | Macon.com

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Bill aims to move Ocmulgee National Monument closer to national park designation | Local & State | Macon.com

A new bipartisan bill could help the Ocmulgee National Monument move significantly closer to becoming a national park.

The proposed legislation, called the Ocmulgee Mounds National Historical Park Boundary Revision Act of 2014, would expand the park’s acreage from about 700 acres to more than 2,000 acres and would change the name of the monument to the Ocmulgee Mounds National Historical Park. The bill is co-sponsored by U.S. Reps. Sanford Bishop, D-Ga., and Austin Scott, R-Ga.

Perhaps most importantly, the bill would authorize a study about further expansion of the park between Macon and Hawkinsville. Should the results of that study show that the land between the two cities should be designated for the park, it would increase the park’s size to more than 40,000 acres — enough to make it Georgia’s first national park, said Jim David, the monument’s superintendent.

“This is the first step in basically the expansion of the park,” David said. “It’s been something a lot of people have been working on for many years to provide protection for unique and valuable archaeological resources. It’s a dream many people have had for many years.”

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