Friday, September 18, 2020

Lend a Hand on National Public Lands Day

September 26th is your chance to be a part of the nation's largest, single-day volunteer effort for public lands. Each year, hundreds of thousands of volunteers come together on the fourth Saturday in September to assist with various projects designed to restore and enhance public parks, forests, waterways and more. From trail maintenance to tree planting—volunteers of all ages and abilities roll up their sleeves and work side-by-side to care for public lands. The day also features a variety of hikes, bike rides, community festivals, paddling excursions, and other fun outdoor activities—all set on the backdrop of the country’s public lands and waterways.

This year, the COVID-19 pandemic has upended many aspects of daily life in this country, and our public lands are no exception. Due to social distancing requirements remaining in place for the foreseeable future, many public lands sites will be unable to host large, in-person NPLD events. With this in mind, NEEF has announced that they will be expanding the available options for volunteers during this year’s NPLD on September 26, 2020.

Virtual and In-Person Events for NPLD 2020 The theme for NPLD 2020 is "More Ways to Connect to Nature." In addition to the standard NPLD programming, this year's celebration will include virtual events designed to connect the public to iconic parks, national forests, marine estuaries, and other public lands sites. These online events will serve as an alternative for NPLD site managers who are uncomfortable with or are not allowed to host in-person events due to local regulations.

This does not mean there won't be any in-person events. Public land sites that wish to host in-person events—in accordance with local rules and regulations regarding COVID-19—will still be able to register their event on the NEEF website.

Please click here to check out the official National Public Lands Day event map, which makes it easy to find all of the events that will be available later this month.







Jeff
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Monday, September 14, 2020

Donate $5 and Receive Walk the Distance App A.T. Download

Take a hike on the Appalachian Trail today, no matter where you are!

For September only, you can unlock the A.T. on the Walk the Distance app when you donate $5 or more to the ATC! Your donation helps us on our mission to protect, manage, and advocate for the Trail.

Walk the Distance uses your daily steps tracked through your iPhone and converts them to miles hiked on the Trail. You can track where you would currently be on a northbound A.T. hike, and you can see other users completing the same route. Checkpoints along the virtual footpath highlight trivia on iconic views, shelters, ATC projects, and more, providing fun facts and Trail history on your virtual journey! Visit appalachiantrail.org/walkseptember to donate and get your code today!




Jeff
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Friday, September 11, 2020

Tennessee Serves on National Public Lands Day

In honor of National Public Lands Day on September 26th, Tennessee State Parks, Friends Groups and Tennessee State Natural Areas are hosting a variety of volunteer stewardship projects, hikes and interpretive programs for all ages. Last year, more than 600 people participated in this day of service. This year, we have a variety of events and service projects planned, including litter clean-ups, trail maintenance, hikes, and even a few canoe floats. Events are being held at different times throughout the day and some parks are having multiple events. This is also an excellent opportunity for TN Promise Scholars to bank volunteer hours. Find a park near you and join us!

For more information on hikes and events around the state, please click here.








Jeff
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Tuesday, September 8, 2020

Update on Plane Crash and Trail Closures in Shenandoah National Park

Shenandoah National Park has learned that that the man who passed away in the plane crash near the Buck Hollow Trail in Rappahannock County is 35-year old Nicolas Hellewell from San Luis Obispo, California.

The following trails and parking areas remain closed in order to keep the site of the plane crash secure and minimize disturbance while the area is being investigated by the Federal Aviation Administration. These areas will remain closed until the investigation is complete and the wreckage is removed from the scene which will likely be early next week.

* The Buck Hollow Trail (including the parking areas on Highway 211 and the Meadow Spring parking area on Skyline Drive at mile 33.5)

* The Buck Ridge Trail

Although the Hazel Mountain Trail and the Meadow Spring Trail (which leads to the Appalachian Trail and the summit of Mary’s Rock) are not closed, there will be no access to these trails from the Meadow Spring parking area.

The Virginia State Police, the Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board are assisting with the incident.




Jeff
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Thursday, September 3, 2020

Plane Crash Results in Fatality in Shenandoah National Park

On September 2, 2020 at 11:14 a.m., the Shenandoah National Park Communications Center received a report that the wreckage of a plane crash had been found approximately 0.75 mile down the Buck Hollow Trail from Skyline Drive in the Central District of Shenandoah National Park. The body of an adult male was found in the wreckage. The plane that crashed was a Piper PA-20 airplane.

The Buck Hollow Trail (including the parking areas on Highway 211 and the Meadow Springs parking area on Skyline Drive at mile 33.5) and the Buck Ridge Trail are closed until further notice while an investigation takes place and the wreckage is removed from the scene.

The Virginia State Police, the Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board are assisting with the incident. No further information is available at this time.








Jeff
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Monday, August 31, 2020

Friends Across the Mountains Telethon Has Been Cancelled

Late last week I received a notice in my email stating that Friends of the Smokies has made the decision to cancel the annual Friends Across the Mountains Telethon this year. Here's their message
Dear Friend,

As we face the stress of these difficult times, we have been thinking about our supporters. People like you help us sustain our mission to preserve, protect and provide for Great Smoky Mountains National Park, so everyone can enjoy it today and for generations to come.

Sadly, due to the pandemic, we had to cancel our Friends Across the Mountains Telethon but thankfully, our partners at WBIR & WLOS are creating a televised Donor Drive that will be taking place later this year. We want to share the ongoing needs of the park with you and celebrate your commitment to the Smokies. If you live in East Tennessee or Western North Carolina, you can tune in live for a unique tribute to the park and see how Friends like you are making a difference. We’ll also share these stories online for everyone to enjoy after the broadcast. Please visit FriendsAcrossTheMountains.org for more information as dates are announced.

Friends of the Smokies needs to raise $75,000 for a new fully equipped search and rescue vehicle as well as additional funds to support other critical park needs.

Friends of the Smokies supports the park in ensuring guests have a safe and memorable visit to Great Smoky Mountains National Park as it reopens to its full capacity.

In order to meet the financial needs of the park we are asking for your support. If you are able, please consider making a donation today, so we can assist Great Smoky Mountains National Park in welcoming back millions of visitors safely this season and for years to come. Together we are making a difference.








Jeff
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Friday, August 28, 2020

Conservation Corps North Carolina Crew Completes Black Mountain Crest Trail Restoration Project

A Conservation Corps North Carolina (CCNC) crew of young adults worked with volunteers from the North Carolina High Peaks Trail Association to complete high priority trail work on the Black Mountain Crest Trail in the Pisgah National Forest. The CCNC crew consisted of five 18 to 24 year-old AmeriCorps Members led by a trained Crew Leader. The crew worked on the Black Mountain Crest Trail project August 3-12. Together, crew members and volunteers completed 7.3 miles of trail maintenance from the base of Celo Knob at Bolen’s Creek to Deep Gap. The group constructed large drains to reduce erosion and cleared the corridor with brush cutters to make the trail more accessible for hikers. The CCNC crew camped in the backcountry near the project site the entire time they worked.

The Black Mountain Crest Trail project was one of several projects the CCNC crew worked on for the United States Forest Service (USFS.) The crew worked for seven weeks doing trail construction and maintenance for the USFS in the Pisgah and Nantahala National Forests. Their other projects in the National Forest included completing three miles of trail maintenance on the Sassafras Creek and Snowbird Creek trails in the Cheoah District and removing 62 fallen trees while doing trail maintenance on Shinbone Ridge in the Tusquitee District.

Conservation Corps North Carolina is a program of Conservation Legacy, a national program that supports CCNC and other local programs across the nation. Conservation Corps program are a legacy of the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) and engage youth and young adults on high priority conservation projects that protect ecosystems and restore, improve, and protect North Carolina’s public lands and outdoor recreation resources.

The CCNC crew camped in the back country near their work sites, just over three miles up the trailhead from Bolen’s Creek on the slopes of Celo Knob for ten days. They worked on water erosion issues on the Black Mountain Crest Trail as well as cleared the trail corridor of growth and debris from Bolen’s Creek to Deep Gap August 3 through August 14. “These young adults worked incredibly hard, often amid all kinds of weather conditions, to restore and improve trails in the Pisgah and Nantahala National Forests so they are sustainable and offer visitors a more safe, welcoming, and enjoyable hiking experience,” said Jan Pender, CCNC Program Manager.

The CCNC crew members included crew leader Luke Knight or Erie, PN; Alysha Pennachio of Boone, NC; Drew Edelson of Charlotte, NC; Chase Perren of Oxford, NC; Travis Bosler of Spirit Lake, IA; and Peter Chege of Raleigh, NC.

The CCNC crew was sponsored by the United States Forest Service with additional support from the Duke Energy Foundation and Fred and Alice Stanback.




Jeff
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