Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Celebrate National Public Lands Day in the Smokies

Great Smoky Mountains National Park invites the public to join park staff in Cades Cove on Saturday, September 27, 2014, for the 21st annual celebration of National Public Lands Day. Volunteers are needed for this year's event to collect seeds from native plant increase fields in Cades Cove.

The increase fields are used to produce seeds from wild native grasses and forbs, which are used to help restore native populations to the Cades Cove meadows. Native plants in the meadows provide vital habitat to small mammals, ground-nesting birds, insects and other small animals.

Those interested in volunteering with this event should contact Acting Volunteer Coordinator Jamie Sanders at (865) 436-1265. Reservations are required.

National Public Lands Day is our nation's largest single day of service for public lands. Over 2,000 city, state, and federal sites provide opportunities to support public lands annually. For more information on National Public Lands visit

Hiking in the Smokies

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