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National Public Lands Day

September 28, 2013

photo of volunteers workingThe 20th anniversary of National Public Lands Day is September 28, 2013. TVA is sponsoring activities across the Tennessee River watershed to highlight recreational opportunities on its lands and the maintenance needed for those lands.

National Public Lands Day is the nation's largest, single-day volunteer event for public lands in the United States. It was created to educate people about critical environmental and natural resource issues, and the need for shared stewardship of these valued, irreplaceable lands.

Volunteers should dress appropriately for outdoor work and bring gloves, water, and a lunch. Tools will be provided by the event lead. Some events are weather dependent.

Event Schedule

Friday, September 27f

Spring Creek area, Lawrence County, Alabama

1:00 p.m.–4:00 p.m.

Join TVA in a litter clean-up on public lands. Refreshments and snacks will be provided. Work will begin at 1 p.m., but feel free to join anytime between 1 p.m.-4 p.m. Sturdy shoes are recommended.

Directions: Meet at the Spring Creek Boat Ramp. GPS: Lat 34.729977 Long -87.285200. From Elgin on Hwy 72, go south on 101, crossing Wheeler Dam, and take a left on County 150/29. Go past Champion Paper and then take a left on County 400. When the road Ts, take a left (which is still County Road 400) and stay on it until you see the ramp on your left.

From the south (from Courtland), go north on County Road 150/29 until you get to County Road 400. Take a right and go until the road Ts then go left (which is still County Road 400) and go until you see the ramp on your left.

Contact: John Grinstead, 256-386-3936,

Saturday, September 28

Wetlands Trail, Muscle Shoals Dam Reservation, Muscle Shoals, Alabama

6:30 a.m.–noon

Join TVA and local partners for a fall migration bird walk on the wetlands trail. The walk begins promptly at 6:30 but walkers are not obligated to stay for the entire walk. This is a collaborative effort with the Shoals Audubon Society and Shoals Environmental Alliance.

Directions: Meet at Complex F, at the former Wetlands Lab parking lot (now Muscle Shoals Training Center). From Reservation Road, turn south into Complex F, drive past IFDC Building, parking lot is at the end of the road on the right. Follow signs to Muscle Shoals Training Center.

Contact: Damien Simbeck, 256-386-2543,

East Lakeshore Trail, Tellico Reservoir, Tennessee

8:00 a.m.–noon

Join TVA and the Watershed Association of the Tellico Reservoir (WATeR) in performing trail maintenance, removing invasive vegetation, and installing of trailhead kiosks at two trail sites.

Directions: From Lenoir City take highway 321 south towards Maryville, turn right on Highway 95. Turn right on National Campground Road (Lotterdale Campground sign) go to stop sign and turn left on East Coast Tellico Parkway. Go approximately 2 miles, meet at the parking area located at the intersection of East Coast Tellico Parkway and Petterson Road.

Contact: Darrell Cuthbertson, 865-632-1315,

Worthington Cemetery Cedar Barren Ecological Study Area, Oak Ridge, Tennessee

9:00 a.m.–noon

TVA and Tennessee Citizens for Wilderness Planning will host an event to discuss the types and benefits of native plants, as well as remove exotic or invasive plants and perform trail clearing and maintenance within the Ecological Study Area.

Directions: The Ecological Study area trailhead is located off Highway 95 (Oak Ridge Turnpike), immediately north of Melton Lake Drive, at the City of Oak Ridge’s Elza Gate Park.

Contact: Wes James, 865-632-1312, or Angela Sutton, 865-632-1316,

Forest City Trail, Watts Bar Dam Reservation

9:00 a.m.–noon

Join TVA and the Watts Bar Lake Association in trail maintenance, including removal of invasive vegetation.

Directions: Take Highway 68 to the Watts Bar Dam Reservation. The trailhead is located on the northeast side of the dam reservation.

Contact: Scott Ledford, 865-632-1326,

Earl Light trail, Earl Light tract, Kingsport, Tenn.

9:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m.

Join TVA, Bristol Bird Club walk leader, and the AmeriCorps National Civilian Community Corps River6 team for an educational bird walk and installation of bluebird boxes.

Directions: From Exit 13 off I-26, take route TN-75 north towards Tri-Cities airport. Take the first right on Boone Dam Road after crossing the bridge, then turn left on Minga Road. The parking lot for Earl Light tract is approximately ½ mile down the road on the left.

Contact: Randy Short, 423-467-3806,, or Martha Podren, 423-467-3802,



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