Volunteers Needed to Assist in Trail Rehabilitation
Contact: Christine Hoyer, 828/497-1949
Great Smoky Mountains National Park is currently recruiting for volunteers to assist a Trails Forever trail crew on reconstruction projects on the Forney Ridge Trail Friday-Monday from May 20th to October 16th.
Park Superintendent Dale Ditmanson said “Since its inception, thousands of volunteer hours and hundreds of workdays have been devoted to the Park’s backcountry trail system under the Trails Forever program. The steady growth of the number of volunteers and the quality of the trail improvements that have been made highlights the value of the program in serving to maintain one of the most important resources of the Park, its 800 mile trail system. We hope to continue this momentum.”
To sign up for a work day or for more information, contact Christine Hoyer at 828/497-1949 or by email.
Did You Know?
An experimental program to reintroduce elk to the park was begun in 2001. Elk once roamed the Smokies, but were eliminated from the region in the mid 1800s by over-hunting and loss of habitat. Other animals successfully reintroduced to the park include river otters and barn owls.