TVA Invites the Public to Volunteer on National Public Lands Day

September 21, 2015

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — The Tennessee Valley Authority is inviting the public to celebrate National Public Lands Day on Sept. 26 and to volunteer their services to help care for our nation’s public lands.

Recreational opportunities are available on the more than 290,000 acres of public lands and waters that TVA manages across its seven-state service area.
“For over 80 years environmental stewardship has been a cornerstone of TVA’s mission of service to the Valley,” said Rebecca Tolene, TVA vice president of Natural Resources. “National Public Lands Day reminds us that we are the caretakers of our public lands, and it is our responsibility to preserve these resources for generations to come.”

TVA is partnering with local organizations to host volunteer activities:

  • Sugar Hollow Park (Bristol, Va.) – TVA unveils a new educational kiosk in the park. Holston Soil and Water Conservation District volunteers will talk to visitors about the wetlands as they tour the park. This event is great for children.
  • Worthington Cemetery (Melton Hill Reservoir, Anderson County, Tenn.) – TVA leads trail maintenance activities and visitors can learn about birdwatching. This event is great for children.
  • Tellico Blueway Paddle (Tellico Reservoir, Monroe County, Tenn.) – TVA hosts a six-mile river paddle down the Tellico Blueway. Pre-registration required.

A full list of TVA sponsored events, including hours, directions and contacts, is posted on the TVA webpage at Some events may be canceled or rescheduled in the event of inclement weather.

National Public Lands Day is the nation’s largest single-day volunteer event for public lands. It was created to educate people about critical issues affecting the environment and natural resources and the need for shared stewardship of these valued, irreplaceable lands.

The Tennessee Valley Authority is a corporate agency of the United States that provides electricity for business customers and local power distributors serving more than 9 million people in parts of seven southeastern states. TVA receives no taxpayer funding, deriving virtually all of its revenues from sales of electricity. In addition to operating and investing its revenues in its electric system, TVA provides flood control, navigation and land management for the Tennessee River system and assists local power companies and state and local governments with economic development and job creation.


Scott Fiedler
TVA Public Relations, Knoxville, (865) 632-6000
(423) 751-7883
Chattanooga, TN