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Community Volunteers Answer the Call to Serve
Dover , Tennessee —Despite rainy weather and wet feet, more than 35 local Girl Scouts and community volunteers showed their support for their public lands on National Public Lands Day, 26 September 2009. The yearly event is the largest hands-on volunteer event to improve and restore public lands in the nation.
Girl Scouts Troops 816, 1813, 2346, 2656 and leaders Teresa Earhart, Connie Jacks, Janet Caperton, Penny Warren and Carol Bolt, along with parents, braved the rain, the mud, and the bugs to clean and trim shrubbery from the earthworks. Other volunteers and scouts cleaned up brush and leaves near the Confederate Monument .
Bob Faulkner, a local resident, said that he was motivated to help because Fort Donelson was always the place that he shared with family and friends. That idea of sharing seemed to be the theme for the event—a reminder that Americans should appreciate their parks, and the environment, by sharing their time and serving their community and public lands.
Volunteers were also treated to a screening of the new Ken Burn’s documentary, The National Parks: America ’s Best Idea. PBS stations nationwide will air the complete documentary September 27 – October 2, 2009 .
The scouts will continue to work on native plant restoration projects in 2010 as part of the First Bloom project. Stewart County scouts coordinate with Fort Donelson NB on a variety of vital projects, including Memorial Day services and the Evening Luminary program for the Stewart County Eaglefest .
To learn more about volunteer opportunities or park projects and activities, visit the park’s website at www.nps.gov/fodo .