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Fort Donelson National Battlefield commemorates Earth Day with the Tennessee Trails Association
Dover, Tennessee--Fort Donelson National Battlefield and the Clarksville Chapter of the Tennessee Trails Association team up as trustees of the earth to celebrate Earth Day on March 31, 2007. Park Rangers will offer interpretive talks throughout the day.
Earth Day is a global holiday that celebrates the wonder of life on our planet. Designating the first day of spring, March 21, 1970 to be Earth Day, theUnited Nations marks Earth Day each year on the vernal equinox (around March 21). On February 26, 1971, UN Secretary-General U Grant signed a proclamation to that effect. Earth Day has been firmly established an annual event to deepen reverence and care for life on our planet.
Ranger talks will be offered at designated stops along the foot trails to provide hikers with a historical prospective and promote awareness for environmental preservation and earth care. Hikers will learn about the 1862 gunboat battle, national cemetery, and resident bald eagles.
Special thanks goes to Oktibbeha Chapter, Nathan Bedford Forrest District, Boy Scouts of America who donated two hundred and eighty eight hours to clean the Donelson trail. The scouts worked on the trails on February 17, 2007.
The National Park Systems cares for special places, and protects and preserves the cultural and natural resources of America. For more information about the trail system or to schedule special hiking programs, contact Deborah Austin at 931.232.5706 X 103 or http://www.hikeclarksville.homestead.com