Published On: Tue, Sep 23rd, 2014

Park to celebrate National Public Lands Day

 

Volunteers, such as those shown in the photo, are needed for this year’s event to collect seeds from native plant increase fields in Cades Cove.  (NPS photo)

Volunteers, such as those shown in the photo, are needed for this year’s event to collect seeds from native plant increase fields in Cades Cove. (NPS photo)

Great Smoky Mountains National Park is inviting the public to join park staff in Cades Cove on Saturday, Sept. 27 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, used to help restore native populations to the Cades Cove meadows.  Native plants in the meadows provide vital habit to small mammals, ground-nesting birds, insects and other small animals.

Those interested in volunteering with this event please contact Acting Volunteer Coordinator Jamie Sanders, Jamie_sanders@nps.gov or (865) 436-1265.  Reservations are required.

National Public Lands Day is the 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.

Info: http://www.publiclandsday.org/

– NPS

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