Work to protect native species in the Southern Appalachians on Saturday, July 6 from 9 a.m to 1 p.m, by removing non-native, invasive species like russian olive, honeysuckle ,thorny olive, and oriental bittersweet from both sides of the Fontana Dam, where the National Forests meet the National Park and the Tennessee Valley Authority land. Participants will also receive a coveted “Kill the Dam Invasive Plants” long sleeve shirt!
Also, the Barrett Smith from Steep Canyon Rangers and Shannon Whitworth Band will be playing live music during lunch! You can listen to some of his music here: https://www.barrettsmith.com/
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 6. Once the work finishes at 1, there will be lunch and a Naturalist Walk led by Matt Drury (ATC) and Matt Bushman (USFS). Come learn about all of the native species you spent the morning protecting! This event is suitable for all experience levels. Please be sure to wear a long sleeve shirt, long pants, and sturdy boots. Bring plenty of water and snacks for the day, as well as sunscreen, bug spray, and a rain jacket.
Fontana Village Resort is making a limited number of discounted rooms and tents sites available for the event until June 16th or they run out. When you make your reservation, tell them you’re with the Kill the Dam Invasive Plant event. Get yours before they’re gone!
This event is sponsored by REI, Appalachian Trail Conservancy, Tennessee Valley Authority, Mount Inspiration Apparel Company, Fontana Village Resort, Fontana Dam Tourism Development Authority, USFS, Great Smoky Mountains National Park, and the Smoky Mountains Hiking Club. REI will be contributing lunch and some swag for volunteers. The Fontana Village Resort also will be holding discounted rooms and campsite blocks for participants.
Registration is full at this time. Please contact Matt Drury at [email protected] if you would like to be placed on a waitlist.