The Kentucky State Parks will be participating in National Public Lands Day on September 25, 2010, a day set aside to recognize the importance of parks and encourage volunteer work.
National Public Lands Day began in 1994 with three federal agencies and 700 volunteers. Last year, some 150,000 volunteers worked in 2,000 locations in every state. The purpose of this day is to keep the promise of the Civilian Conservation Corps alive and to preserve and protect America’s natural heritage.
During last year’s celebration, volunteers across the country removed an estimated 900,000 pounds of trash, collected an estimated 20,000 pounds of invasive plants, built and maintained an estimated 1,320 miles of trails and planted an estimated 100,000 trees, shrubs and native plants.
For more information about national Public Lands Day and events being held throughout Kentucky and other states, visit www.publiclandsday.org. For information about Kentucky State Parks, visit www.parks.ky.gov.
Here is a listing (part 1) of Kentucky State Park events for Public Lands Day. All are on Saturday, September 25, unless otherwise noted. Call the park for details. All times are local.
Barren River Lake State Resort Park, Lucas (September 18)
23rd Annual Trashmaster’s Classic Lakeshore Cleanup
This annual event brings hundreds of volunteers to the area to remove trash and debris from the shoreline of the lake. Volunteers are to meet at the following Barren River Lake ramp locations at 8 a.m. CDT: Bailey’s Point, Walnut Creek, Narrows, State Park, Beaver Creek and Peninsula. Trash pick up will continue until noon. Litter bags are provided; however, it is recommended that you bring gloves.
Following the trash pickup, volunteers will meet at the beach at Barren River Lake State Resort Park and will be treated to a free lunch, live entertainment and the opportunity to win door prizes.
For more information contact Lisa Deavers at 270-646-2151, ext 2415, or by e-mail at [email protected] For more information on volunteer opportunities or to register a group to volunteer, please call 270-646-2055.
Barren River Lake State Resort Park, Lucas (September 25)
The day will begin at 9 a.m. with a Leave No Trace (LNT) awareness workshop. Visitors can then choose how they would like to enjoy the park. The canoe outing begins at 10 a.m. with a chance to paddle the shoreline around the park, learn about the history of the area, and enjoy a box lunch provided by the park. The fee is $25 per person and pre-registration is required (space is limited). There are two options for land lovers. Volunteers are needed to work on the new Peter’s Creek nature trail beginning at 10 a.m.; water and snacks provided. Please register to volunteer. The last activity will be a nature hike and cleanup at 5 p.m. — preregistration is not required. For more information, contact Lisa Deavers at 270-646-2151 or [email protected]
Blue Licks Battlefield State Resort Park, Mount Olivet
National Public Lands Day is the nation’s largest hands-on volunteer effort to improve and enhance the public lands Americans enjoy. Volunteers have built trails and bridges, planted trees and plants, and removed trash and invasive plants. Volunteers will receive a free Blue Licks T-Shirt, free lunch at Hidden Waters Restaurant, and gift shop discount. Register by Sept. 14 by calling Paul Tierney at 800-443-7008.
Buckhorn Lake State Resort Park, Buckhorn
Although geared to scout groups, any child or adult is welcome to participate in National Public Lands Day at Buckhorn Lake State Resort Park. There will be a mini-lake cleanup, sessions on “Leave No Trace” and “Project Learning Tree” and tree plantings. Activities will take place from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. with registration at 8:30 a.m. Volunteers should dress appropriately for being outside. Garbage bags and gloves will be provided during the cleanup. Contact Sue Thomas at 606-398-7510 for information.