Celebrate Public Lands Day Saturday, Sept. 25

Celebrate Public Lands Day Saturday, Sept. 25

Nashville – The Department of Environment and Conservation invites the public to take part in volunteer activities across Tennessee in celebration of National Public Lands Day on Saturday, Sept. 25.
National Public Lands Day is the nation’s largest one-day, volunteer stewardship event.
Organizers seek to honor the legacy of the Civilian Conservation Corps in protecting America’s public lands.  
Last year, more than 150,000 volunteers across the country built trails, planted trees and removed litter to improve America’s shared lands for all who visit them.  
“Tennessee State Parks and the department’s Resource Management Division have a tradition of organizing a statewide volunteer effort in observance of National Public Lands Day,” said Environment and Conservation Commissioner Jim Fyke.
A number of state parks and natural areas will host volunteers throughout Tennessee, joining thousands across the country working to preserve and protect these lands for future generations.”  
National Public Lands Day began in 1994 with just three federal agencies and 700 volunteers.  
Today, this annual program of the National Environmental Education Foundation has grown to involve more than 150,000 volunteers at over 2,000 locations in every state across the nation.  
Chartered by Congress in 1990, the National Environmental Education Foundation is a private, nonprofit organization that develops and supports environmental learning programs to meet social goals and build partnerships among government, the private sector and non-governmental organizations.
Those interested in organizing a National Public Lands Day project or volunteering can call (202) 833-2933, or go to www.publiclandsday.org <http://www.publiclandsday.org/>.
TDEC’s Resource Management Division, along with several Tennessee State Parks, will sponsor a number of volunteer stewardship projects and outdoor events across the state in recognition of Public Lands Day.
A particular focus during this year’s observance is the important role spending time outdoors plays in our overall health and well-being.
In West Tennessee:
Carroll Cabin Barrens State Natural Area – Join Stewardship Ecologist Allan Trently at 9:30 a.m. (Central) for a trail rerouting effort.
A small section of the trail currently goes through a seep in one of the barrens at Carroll Cabin.
They would like to see hikers avoid this wet barrens area since foot traffic causes damage to it and plan to reroute the trail to avoid this sensitive area.
Participants should meet at the parking area and wear sturdy footwear, bring work gloves and plenty of water, a hat and sunscreen.  
All tools will be provided. Reservations are required and can be made by contacting allan.trently@tn.gov or (731) 512-1369.  For more information, including descriptions, maps and directions, for these or any of Tennessee’s 81 designated state natural areas, visit the Web site at www.tn.gov/environment/na.
For more information about Tennessee State Parks, please visit www.tnstateparks.com.

WCP 9.21.10

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