• Glowing sunset view from overlook - Photo by Jason Barnett Photography

    Big South Fork

    National River & Recreation Area KY,TN

National Public Lands Day

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Date: September 24, 2008
Contact: Jeannine McElveen, 423.569.9778

Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area trails will be cleared and repaired as area residents join National Public Lands Day, the largest annual coast-to-coast, single-day volunteer restoration effort for America’s public lands.

Local volunteers from will roll up their sleeves and devote their day to trail maintenance at Big South Fork NRRA as part of the 15th annual National Public Lands Day (NPLD) on Saturday, September 27. Sponsored for the ninth consecutive year by Toyota Motor Sales, USA, these national cleanups give Americans an annual chance to make public lands in local communities safer, prettier, and more desirable.

“Last year we reached a monumental participation of 110,000 volunteers in National Public Lands Day, and we are expecting to increase this by an additional 10,000 this year,” said Robb Hampton, director of National Public Lands Day.

This year, National Public Lands Day will commemorate the 75th anniversary of the Civilian Conservation Corps. By educating volunteers at sites across the country, NPLD maintains the legacy of the Civilian Conservation Corps, an army of 3 million Americans who in the 1930’s countered the devastation of the Dust Bowl and the American chestnut blight by planting more than 3 billion trees, building 800 state parks, and fighting forest fires.

For the fifth year in a row, volunteers who work at a site managed by any of five federal agencies will be rewarded with a pass good for free entry any day during the next year at public land sites managed by those agencies: National Park Service, USDA Forest Service, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Bureau of Land Management, and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

For more information, including when and where to meet, contact Trail Supervisor Wally Linder at 423-569-2404, ext. 321 or 317, or see a list of NPLD sites, activities, contacts, and down loadable photos from past events in the Media Center section of www.publiclandsday.org.

Did You Know?

Park interpreter presents program on Longhunters.

Longhunters were some of the first Europeans to traverse the Big South Fork region. It is said they were called longhunters either for the long rifles they carried or because the were typically gone on hunting trips for so long, sometimes up to a year.