Smokies volunteer project celebrates National Public Lands Day
GATLINBURG (WATE) - Great Smoky Mountains National Park is celebrating National Public Lands Day on Saturday, September 29 by hosting a volunteer project.
The project on the Cove Mountain Trail will be a unified effort with many public lands across the country.
Several volunteers trained in the teaching of Leave No Trace principals will be stationed at visitor areas at Clingmans Dome, Sugarlands Visitor Center, and Oconaluftee Visitor Center. They'll reach out to the public about responsible recreational practices.
The Smokies' Leave No Trace program aims to educate people about the nature of their recreational impacts and ways to prevent or minimize those impacts.
National Public Lands Day is the nation's largest hands-on volunteer effort to improve and enhance the public lands Americans enjoy.