Join ATC for a big work day to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the National Trails System Act!
Work to protect native species in the Southern Appalachians by removing the invasive species russian olive, mahonia, honeysuckle, thorny olive, vinca, and oriental bittersweet from both sides of the Fontana Dam, where the National Forests meets the National Park.
Volunteer work be positioned in multiple locations along the A.T. to make the greatest impact. Work will occur between 9 am and 1 pm on Saturday July 7. REI will be contributing lunch and some goodies for volunteers. Brew Davis will provide music entertainment.
Starting at 3 p.m., there is an optional Naturalist Walk by Matt Drury, ATC's Natural Resources Coordinator, and other indoor activities will also be available between 3 and 5 p.m. Come learn about all of the native species you spent the morning protecting! This event is suitable for experienced trail maintainers as well as beginners. Wear long pants, long-sleeves and sturdy shoes. Bring sun protection and lots of water.
This event is supported by REI, the Appalachian Trail Conservancy, Great Smoky Mountains National Park, TVA, and the USFS.
The Fontana Village Resort will be holding a limited amount of discounted rooms and campsite blocks for participants, available Friday and Saturday nights. Book reservations by calling 800-849-2258 and using code "REI Stewardship Day" to get the discount. Discounts available through June 7.
Please use this link to register your participation.**
Individuals under age 18 are welcome to volunteer with a parent or guardian.
As of July 2 at 1:20 p.m., registration for this event using the link above is at capacity. You may express your interest to participate by completing this form which will add you to the waitlist, but you are NOT confirmed unless you receive an email from [email protected]
This event is sponsored by: