Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area will be celebrating National Public Lands Day on Saturday, September 27, 2014. National Public Lands Day is the nation's largest, single-day volunteer event in which eight federal agencies as well as other groups partner together to maintain and protect the environment. Anyone wishing to volunteer on Saturday has a choice of working at five different projects in the park.
Volunteers can also work on the Honey Creek Loop. They will need to gather at the Honey Creek Look Trailhead at 9:00 am. Activities will consist of completing the new John Muir section that connects to Honey Creek Loop.
There will be a group gathering at the Oscar Blevins Farm at 9:00 a.m. Work will consist of building a board walk on the Oscar Blevins loop trail and general trail maintenance.
Another group will gather at the Bandy Creek Amphitheater parking area at 9:00 a.m. Participants can work on clearing, blazing,and water-bar cleaning of bike trails or help with litter pick up, clearing Bandy Creek loop, and other trails in the Bandy Creek Area.
Volunteers can also gather at the Leatherwood Ford Trailhead at 9:00 a.m. Work will consist of blazing the John Muir Trail.
Everyone should wear sturdy shoes and bring bug spray and drinking water. All projects will be completed by 2:00 p.m. More information can be found at www.publiclandsday.org, or you may call Wally Linder at (423) 569-9778.
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