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Great Smoky Mountains National Park Superintendent Dale Ditmanson, pictured earlier this month at Park headquarters, is retiring from the National Park Service at the end of the year. (Credit: MICHAEL PATRICK/NEWS SENTINEL) Great Smoky Mountains National Park Superintendent Dale Ditmanson, pictured earlier this month at Park headquarters, is retiring from the National Park Service at the end of the year. (Credit: MICHAEL PATRICK/NEWS SENTINEL)

GATLINBURG, Tenn. (AP) - The superintendent at the Great Smoky Mountains National Park is stepping down.

The Knoxville News Sentinel reported Superintendent Dale Ditmanson will retire on January 3, after spending 36 years with the National Park Service. He has been superintendent of the Smokies since 2004.

During his decade at the helm, the Smokies received $80 million in funding for infrastructure improvements such as restoring trails and historical cemeteries, renovating buildings and repaving roads.

Ditmanson said the high point of his tenure was celebrating the park's 75th anniversary in 2009.

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