FRANKFORT, Ky. (9/13/13) – Kentucky State Parks will be participating in National Public Lands Day on Sept. 28, 2013, 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 170,000 volunteers worked 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 carried out projects such as removing trash, collecting invasive plants, building trails and planting trees.
“Our volunteers play an important role in our state parks,” Parks Commissioner Elaine Walker said. “National Public Lands Day allows us the opportunity to recognize the importance of preserving our parks and the partnerships we have with volunteers and other organizations.”
For more information about this event, visit www.publiclandsday.org. For more information about Kentucky State Parks, visit www.parks.ky.gov.
Below is a listing of park events. All events are Sept. 28 unless otherwise noted.
Buckhorn Lake State Resort Park, Buckhorn
Buckhorn Lake State Resort Park will hold a cleanup and beautification day to celebrate National Public Lands Day. Although geared to Scout groups, who can earn patches and certificates, any child or adult is welcome to participate in the cleanup and beautification projects on the park, and in sessions on “Leave No Trace” and “Project Learning Tree.” A tree planting will conclude the event. Call 1-800-325-0058.
Columbus-Belmont State Park, Columbus
General Burnside Island State Park, Burnside
The park will be participating in the 24th Annual Lake Cumberland Cleanup sponsored by the Friends of Lake Cumberland on Sept. 21. Cleanup will take place at various locations around the lake, including General Burnside Island State Park from 9-11 a.m. Gloves and bags will be provided. Prizes for most garbage bags filled. Free food and prizes will be provided at an appreciation picnic at noon EDT at the park. For information, call Steve Syphax at 606-451-1402.
John James Audubon State Park, Henderson
Lake Cumberland State Resort Park, Jamestown
The park will be participating in the 24th Annual Lake Cumberland Cleanup sponsored by the Friends of Lake Cumberland on Sept. 21. Cleanup will take place at various locations around the lake, including the Lake Cumberland State Resort Park launching ramp from 9-11 a.m. Gloves and bags will be provided. Prizes for most garbage bags filled. Free food and prizes will be provided at an appreciation picnic at noon CDT at the park. For information, call Steve Syphax at 606-451-1402.
Rough River Dam State Resort Park, Falls of Rough
Rough River Dam State Resort Park, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the Friends of Rough River will host the 2013 Trash Bash on Rough River Lake on Saturday, Sept. 14. Residents and organizations from around Rough River Lake will scour the lake shore for trash and debris. This annual cleanup contributes not only to the beauty of the lake but to the lake’s health by removing trash and garbage that could adversely affect wildlife and fish on the 5,000-acre lake. After a morning of hard work, all volunteers will meet for lunch. The project has been held every year for the past 10 years and has resulted in the removal of tens of thousands of pounds of debris from the lake. Call 270-257-2311.
Taylorsville Lake State Park, Taylorsville
Taylorsville Lake will have its annual Clean Sweep. Taylorsville Lake Conservation Association sponsors the cleanup – along with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and Taylorsville Lake State Park. Volunteers will be picking up trash around the lake. Volunteers gather at the shelters above Possum Ridge Boat Ramp on Taylorsville Lake State Park at 8 a.m. Hot dogs, chips, and drinks will be served for lunch. Call 502-477-8882 for information.
Information provided by Gil Lawson
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