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Do Your Part for Beautiful Public Lands

National Public Lands Day is Saturday September 27, 2014, and TVA is sponsoring volunteer events across the Tennessee River watershed.

photo of volunteers workingNational Public Lands Day is the nation’s largest single-day volunteer event on behalf of public lands in the United States. It was created to educate people about critical environmental and natural resource issues, and the need for shared stewardship of these beautiful, irreplaceable lands.

Volunteers should dress appropriately for outdoor work and bring gloves, water, and a lunch. Tools will be provided by TVA event leaders. Some events may be weather dependent.

Event Schedule

Pennington Gap Public Lands Day

Saturday, September 20, 2014
10 a.m. - 12 p.m. ET
Location: Leeman Field, Pennington Gap, Virginia

Join TVA, the Town of Pennington Gap, the Upper Tennessee River Roundtable and OSM (Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement)/VISTA (Volunteers in Service to America) AmeriCorps for a litter cleanup.

Contact

Martha Podren

Directions

Follow Route 421 North toward Harlan County, Kentucky. Turn right onto Fairground Road for Leeman Field (located just beyond downtown Pennington Gap).

Watts Bar Public Lands Day

Saturday, September 27, 2014
9 a.m. - 12 p.m. ET
Watts Bar Dam Recreation Area, Meigs County, Tennessee

Keep the Watts Bar Dam recreation area beautiful by joining TVA and the Watts Bar Lake Users Association for a litter cleanup.

Contact

Scott Ledford

Directions

From I-40, take Exit 347, go south on Highway 27/61 towards Spring City, head east on Highway 68, cross the dam, area is on left. From I-75, take Exit 60 and go west 14 miles on Highway 68. Area is right off Highway 68.

Tellico Public Lands Day

Saturday, September 27, 2014
8:30 a.m. - 12 p.m. ET
Wildcat Pointe access area near Vonore, Tennessee

Help TVA and WATer (Watershed Association of the Tellico Reservoir) install a small bridge and improve trail conditions at Wildcat Pointe.

Contact

Darrell Cuthbertson

Directions

From Knoxville/Maryville, take Highway 411 south toward Vonore. Turn right on East Coast Tellico Parkway about 1 mile before Highway 411 crosses Tellico Lake. Travel up East Coast Parkway about half a mile. The entrance to Wildcat is on the left.

From Lenoir City, take Highway 321 toward Maryville. Turn right on Highway 95 and travel toward Greenback to National Campground Road (3.5 miles on right). Turn left at the junction of National Campground Road and East coast Tellico Parkway and then travel about 5.5 miles. The entrance to Wildcat is on the right.

Fort Patrick Public Lands Day

Saturday, September 27, 2014
9 a.m. - 12 p.m. ET
Fort Patrick, Parcel 181, near Gray, TN

Help TVA, SORBA (Southern Off-Road Bicycle Association) and Warriors Path State Park build a trail on TVA property to connect with a Warriors Path State Park trail.

Contact

Randy Short

Directions

Warriors Path Bike Trails Parking Lot is located at end of Freeman Road in Sullivan County, Tennessee. Take I-81, Exit 63 (Highway 357/Airport Parkway). Turn left on Airport Parkway at the end of the ramp. Airport Parkway will turn into Browder Road. Go .3 miles and then turn left on Pearl Lane. Go .7 miles on Pearl Lane. Turn left on Rocky Branch Road. Go 1.3 miles. You will cross the intersection with Buttermilk Road. Go straight across intersection. Road becomes Freeman Road. Follow to parking area at the end of the road. (For GPS reference, the last house before the parking area is 1424 Freeman Road.)

Norris Public Lands Day – Island Rescue

Saturday, September 27, 2014
9 a.m. - 1 p.m. ET
Big Ridge State Park Boat Launch and Loyston Point Boat Launch, Norris Reservoir, Tennessee.

Help TVA, Norris 5 County Lake Users Association, Anderson County Tourism Council and Union County Chamber of Commerce clean up two islands frequently used for informal recreation areas. A boat shuttle will be available to transfer volunteers from the boat ramp areas to the project islands. Refreshments and T-shirts will be provided for participants.

Contact

Tim Pruitt

Directions

To Loyston Point Boat Launch: Take Exit 122 off I-75. Go east on State Highway 61. In Andersonville, turn left onto Park Lane. Turn right onto Mill Creek Road. Turn right onto Ridge Circle Road. Bear left to continue on Ridge Circle Road. Turn right onto Loyston Point Road, which becomes Fox Hollow Road, then Clubhouse Road, then North Shore Drive. Turn left into the TWRA Loyston Point Boat Launch parking area.

To Big Ridge State Park Boat Launch: Take Exit 122 off I-75. Go east on State Highway 61 11.5 miles to launch ramp on left side of road. From Knoxville, Halls Cross Roads, Maynardville or Highway 33 areas: Follow Highway 33 until it intersects with Highway 61. Turn left from Knoxville area or right from Maynardville area. Follow for approximately 6.5 miles to Big Ridge State Park Boat Launch on the right.

Women on the Water

Saturday, September 27, 2014
9 a.m. - 3 p.m. ET
Miller Island Public Access Area, Norris Reservoir, Tennessee

Join TVA and the Clinch River Chapter of Trout Unlimited for a basic fly-fishing lesson. Participants will also learn water safety skills and more about environmental conservation.

This event is intended for women. All fishing equipment and lunch are provided. Pre-registration is required; class size is limited to 15 women.

Contact

Dave Harrell

Directions

From Knoxville, take I-75 N. Take Exit 122 toward Norris; merge onto TN-61 E/TN-61 Scenic E. Turn left onto TN-71 N/US-441 N/Norris Highway. Take a slight left onto River Road. Turn right into the Miller Island parking area.

Melton Hill Public Lands Day

Saturday, September 27, 2014
8:00 a.m. - 12 p.m. ET
Ecological Study Area Trailhead, Worthington Cemetery, Oak Ridge, Tennessee

Join TVA and the Tennessee Citizens for Wilderness Protection to remove invasive plants and improve trail conditions at Melton Hill.

Contact

Angela Sutton and Clay Guerry

Directions

Located off Highway 95 (Oak Ridge Turnpike), immediately north of Melton Lake Drive, at the City of Oak Ridge’s Elza Gate Park.

Grand Opening of Marbut Bend Walking Trail

Saturday, September 27, 2014
6:30 a.m. - 10 a.m. CT
Location: Marbut Bend, Limestone County, Alabama

Join TVA, the Limestone County Commission and local citizens for a bird walk/nature walk at 6:30 a.m. A ribbon-cutting and short walk down the boardwalk will follow at 10 a.m.

Contact

Damien Simbeck

Directions

Follow Highway 99 north from Athens, Alabama. The site will be approximately one mile on the left after you cross the Elk River. Entrance will be signed or flagged to mark entrance to park.

Tims Ford Blueway Opening Celebration

Saturday, September 27, 2014
10 a.m. - 1 p.m. CT
Winchester City Park, Winchester, Tennessee

Join TVA, Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation, Tennessee Greenways and Trails, Tims Ford State Park, city of Winchester, city of Estill Springs, Estill Springs Lions Club, Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency and local paddle groups for short paddle trips, educational activities for the whole family and information booths.

Contact

Tiffany Foster

Directions

From Knoxville, follow signs for I-40W/Nashville and merge onto I-40W. Keep left to I-75 and follow signs for Chattanooga. Take Exit 2 to merge onto 1-24W. Follow signs for Interstate 24/Interstate 59/Nashville/Birmingham. Take Exit 127 for US-64W/TN-50W. Turn left and follow TN 50 W/US-64. Take the U.S.41A ramp to Winchester/Cowan/U.S. 64. Turn right onto US-41A N/Cowan Highway. Turn left onto First Avenue NE/Dinah Shore Boulevard. Follow First Avenue NE. Take the second right onto North High Street. Take slight left onto Phillip Fulmer Parkway.

Gray’s Landing Public Lands Day

Thursday, October 2, 2014
9 a.m. - 12 p.m. ET
Location: Gray’s Landing, Paris, Tennessee
TVA will partner with the Murray State Bass Club for a shoreline cleanup at Gray’s Landing.

Contact

Kelvin Young

Directions

Follow Highway US 79N to the Ned McWherter Bridge and cross over Tennessee River. Take first right after crossing bridge and then another right onto a gravel road. This is the entrance to Gray’s Landing.

 

 

           
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