UPPER CUMBERLAND – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Nashville District is enlisting the support of volunteers at Cumberland River lakes and tributaries in support of the 23rd annual National Public Lands Day Sept. 24.
The national theme for this year’s event is “Celebrate Something We All Share: Our Public Lands.” It’s the largest volunteer hands-on restoration activity of its kind where people do clean up, repair, construction and refurbishment in public parks, forests, rivers, lakes, wetlands, and cultural and historic sites.
Visitors take part in tree planting, erosion control, bank stabilization, building trails, restoring recreation areas, trash pickup, removing invasive species and non- native plants, improving wildlife habitats and rehabilitating playgrounds at:
- Center Hill Lake: Volunteers and students from local high schools will meet at Ragland Bottom Recreation Area at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 27. Planned activities include trail work and clearing of invasive plant species in the recreation area. Volunteers are meeting at the shelter located in the park’s day use area. Equipment is provided. To sign up or for more information, call (931)-858-3125.
- Cordell Hull Lake: Various service projects are planned from 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 24, at Defeated Creek Park. Projects include trail work, replacement of benches, shoreline clean- up, and parking lot re-striping. Volunteers are asked to meet at the shelter located in the park’s free day use area. Each volunteer and/or group will be asked to sign in, and a free day-use pass will be issued upon completion of the event. Tools, equipment and lunch will be provided. To sign up or for more information, call (615) 735-1034.
- Dale Hollow Lake: Volunteers are needed for shoreline cleanup from 8 a.m.-noon Saturday, Sept. 24. The check-in station is Lillydale Campground at Dale Hollow Lake. Advance signups are not needed. Trash bags will be provided. This cleanup – which will help remove litter from the lake’s 620 miles of shoreline and 25,000 surface acres of water – is sponsored by the Friends of Dale Hollow Lake.
The Corps has been involved with National Public Lands Day since its inception in 1994. To locate National Public Lands Day events near you, visit http://www.publiclandsday.org/. For more information on USACE recreation opportunities, visit http://www.CorpsLakes.us and http://www.recreation.gov.