Y-12 is in an elite group. Great Smoky Mountains National Park officials recently recognized Y‑12 employees for volunteering more than 10,000 hours of service to the park. Y‑12 is one of only 11 individuals or groups to receive the recognition. A plaque honoring Y‑12's stewardship will be on permanent display at park headquarters near the Sugarlands Visitor Center just outside Gatlinburg.
Since 1996, hundreds of Y‑12 employees and their friends and family have lent a hand to Y‑12's Help the Smokies team to improve picnic areas and campsites, including making sites more accessible to those with disabilities. Improvements include constructing a shelter and greenhouse, installing tent pads and replacing tables, grills and fire rings.
The team's latest honor is one of several National Park Service awards Y‑12 has received over the years for its volunteer work in the park. In 2008, the Y‑12 Help the Smokies team received a prestigious Department of the Interior Take Pride in America National Award.