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Contact: Veronica Greear, 423-346-6294
On September 10, approximately 70 volunteers from the local rock climbing community, along with 23 University of Tennessee Hiking Club students assisted in the completion of several important projects, including the installation of multiple water bars, trail posts, cleared four miles of trail, and cleaned graffiti off of rock shelters in the Boulder Field. Also, these hard-working volunteers hauled out more than a ton of litter (2,183 lbs. to be exact). The efforts of these caring climbers left the park looking clean and beautiful.
This stewardship event was a partnership with the East Tennessee Climbers Coalition and the National Park Service that resulted in over 400 hours of volunteer service. REI was also on-hand to distribute gear to participants to aid in their clean-up efforts.
This event epitomizes climber conservation at a local level and shows how much climbers truly care about the places they recreate in. This successful partnership event is another great step towards preserving the Obed’s natural environment for future generations to enjoy.
If you are interested in more information about this event or other volunteer opportunities, please contact the Obed Wild & Scenic River Volunteer Coordinator at 423-346-6294.