This Land Is Your Land

National Public Lands Day is your chance to give back to the lands that give you space to live, learn, play, exercise, relax, explore and so much more. Here’s how to get involved.

TVA manages 293,000 acres of public land—some of it wild and untamed, some of it cultivated with campgrounds, swim beaches, fishing piers, playgrounds, hiking trails, picnic pavilions and other recreational assets. Nearly all of it is available to you year-round for your enjoyment. It is, in a very real sense, your land.

Throughout the month of September, TVA will be celebrating National Public Lands Day (September 30th) by inviting you to give back to the lands you love.

“National Public Lands Day is a great time for all of us to take a moment to appreciate these beautiful, unique and beneficial public lands and waterways across TVA’s seven-state service area,” says Bucky Edmondson, Director of Natural Resources at TVA. “It’s also the perfect time to join us and people across the region in helping take care of the Valley’s public lands.”

Across the Tennessee Valley, TVA Natural Resources specialists are partnering with local organizations to host cleanup and maintenance events on public lands and waterways. Volunteer for one of the following, and you’ll not only get the natural high that comes with caring for nature, you’ll get the chance to win native trees and bluebird boxes.

Norris Fall Island Invasion and Cleanup

When: Saturday, September 23rd
Time: 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. ET
Where: Several launch points; contact Julie Graham at infor@9lakeseasttn.com to register
Details: TVA joins with the Norris Lake Project Team, the Campbell County Sheriff’s Department and Big Ridge Sate Park to lead this lake-wide clean up that reaches through Anderson, Campbell, Union, Claiborne and Grainger counties in Tennessee. The effort will focus on removing trash and debris from islands throughout Norris Reservoir, and also removing foam blocks from islands near Davis Creek and Norris Dam State Park.
TVA Contact: Tim Pruitt, tdpruitt@tva.gov

SturgeonFest

When: Saturday, September 23rd
Time: 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. ET
Where: Boat launch at Seven Islands State Birding Park
Details: TVA and the Tennessee Clean Water Network will be offering close encounters with “gentle giants of the deep,” aka lake sturgeon. The event is centered around the hand release of lake sturgeon into the French Broad River, and also offers education booths, free ice cream and food trucks. Kids of all ages are welcome.
TVA Contact: Aurora Pulliam, admoldovanyi@tva.gov

Patterson Point Public Lands Day Cleanup

When: Wednesday, September 27th
Time: 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. CT
Where: Patterson Point Boat Ramp
Details: This new cleanup is designed to knockout scattered trash and debris at Kentucky Lake’s Patterson Point and return the boat ramp to its former picturesque state.
TVA Contact: Ember Anderson, efanderson@tva.gov

Loyston Point National Public Lands Day

When: Saturday, September 30th
Time: 9:00a ET to 12:00p ET
Where: Loyston Loop Trailhead on Lakeshore Drive in Andersonville, Tenn.
Details: TVA’s mountain biking guru Clay Guerry joins with the Appalachian Mountain Bike Club to host an annual work day on the Loyston Point Trails. Trail users are invited to participate in general trail maintenance. Bring bikes and kids for a family ride once the work is done!
TVA Contact: Clay Guerry, scguerry@tva.gov

Worthington Cemetery National Public Lands Day

When: Saturday, September 30th
Time: 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. ET
Where: Elza Gate Park in Oak Ridge, Tenn.
Details: TVA and Tennessee Citizens for Wilderness Planning will lead an interpretive walk about the unique plant assemblage and bird life in Worthington Cemetery’s cedar barren habitat. Afterwards, volunteers will do minor trail repair, pick up litter and help remove invasive/exotic plants.
TVA Contact: Angela Sutton, ampolly@tva.gov

Douglas Lake the Beautiful Cleanup

When: Saturday, September 30th
Time: 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. ET     
Where:
Indian Creek Boat Dock or the TVA Access at the end of Allensville Rd.
Details: This annual all-purpose cleanup is coordinated by TVA, the Jefferson County Chamber of Commerce, Keep Sevier Beautiful and Sevier Solid Waste Inc.
TVA Contact: Aurora Pulliam, admoldovanyi@tva.gov

Normandy Reservoir Cleanup

When: Saturday, September 30th
Time: 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. CT
Where: Barton Springs public use area on Lyndell Rd.
Details: TVA and Keep Coffee County Beautiful will sponsor and provide supplies for this effort to remove trash and litter from Normandy’s shoreline and dispersed recreation areas.
TVA Contact: Mark Morrissey, mtmorrissey@tva.gov

Watts Bar Lake Cleanup

When: Saturday, September 30th
Time: 9:00 a.m. to 12 p.m. ET
Where: Watts Bar Dam Reservation
Details: Join TVA and the Watts Bar Lake Association for an island-oriented cleanup effort.
TVA Contact: Scott Ledford, wsledford@tva.gov

Tennessee River Rescue

When: Saturday, October 7th
Time: 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. ET
Where: 17 different departure sites; visit tennesseeriverrescue.org for more information
Details: Join this large-scale cleanup effort—founded in 1988 as a way to help beautify the Scenic City and protect its precious water resources—on Nickajack and Chickamauga reservoirs.
TVA Contact: Mark Odom, mlodom@tva.gov

Volunteering at TVA

Want to make a real difference to our region? There are many ways to volunteer at TVA and join us in our mission of service. See more opportunities for getting involved in upholding the beauty of the Tennessee Valley.