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Wild Crew Trail Workday #OptOutside

November 25, 2016 @ 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

The Southern Appalachian Wilderness Stewards (SAWS) is hosting a Wild Crew trail workday in the Sampson Mountain Wilderness Area within the Cherokee National Forest on Black Friday. The event is inspired by REI’s #OptOutside initiative to get people to skip the long lines and enjoy our public lands the day after Thanksgiving. Participation is limited to 12 volunteers to ensure the opportunity for solitude in the Wilderness area. Volunteers can register on the SAWS website at http://bit.ly/2evgVZM.
 
As part of the #OptOutside event, volunteers will brush the Middle Spring Ridge trail using hand tools to keep it clear for visitors to enjoy and experience the area. Volunteers will learn how to use hand tools to minimally maintain the trail for its natural character. They will also learn more about the valuable resource that is Wilderness and how to protect it for future generations by minimizing their impacts on the land.
 
The trail workday will take place on Friday, November 25, from 9 am to 5 pm.
 
The Sampson Mountain Wilderness Area in the Cherokee National Forest is located near Chuckey, TN, which is located approximately 1.5 hours east of Knoxville, TN, and 30 minutes southwest of Johnson City, TN. Volunteers will meet at the Squibb Creek Trailhead located just past the Horse Creek Campground at the end of Horse Creek Road. More directions will be emailed to registered participants in advance of the event.
 
SAWS is a conservation non-profit that educates, cultivates and empowers an engaged public for the stewardship of protected public lands in the Southern Appalachian region. Approximately 10% of the public land in the Cherokee National Forest is federally designated as Wilderness. Wilderness is an area that is allowed to flourish with minimal human influence, and provides a multitude of benefits, including primitive recreation and hunting experiences, clean air and water for communities and protection of local heritage resources. Volunteers are a vital component to ensure continued stewardship of these areas.
 
CONTACT
Eric Giebelstein, Program Manager
ericgiebelstein@trailcrews.org
(563) 210-4567
Website: trailcrews.org
Facebook: www.facebook.com/wildernessstewards/
Twitter: @trailcrews
Instagram: @wildernessstewards
 

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Date:
November 25, 2016
Time:
9:00 am - 5:00 pm
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