While many TVA-sponsored events were canceled this past spring and summer due to COVID-19, our TVA Natural Resources volunteer program has still maintained a successful year. Many individual contributors like you are making a difference in helping to protect public lands and make sure the trails are in great shape for everyone to enjoy. As 2021 comes to a close, here are some statistics on how you helped us out!
Your hard work to date:
2017- 12 volunteers, 48.5 hours, 4 sites
2018- 20 volunteers, 87 hours, added 5 sites for a total of 9
2019-36 volunteers, 97 hours, added 14 sites for a total of 23 sites
2020-54 volunteers, 219 hours, added 6 sites for a total of 29 sites
2021- 64 volunteers, 291.5 hours, added 10 sites for a total of 36 sites
Four-visit service awards:
-Lawrence County History and Preservation Society
Eight-visit service awards:
Twelve-visit service awards:
You’ll hear from me again in early spring. Thank you and have a great winter!
Ahhhh…. the weekend is coming, and you plan to spend it with friends at an inviting, dispersed-camping area on TVA Public Land. A little fishing, a good hike, and mouth-watering meals over the fire will be a welcome change of pace. But upon arrival, you’re greeted by scattered garbage, a firepit with broken glass and a ripped tarp hanging from a nearby tree. TVA continually pushes back on this unhappy trend by working with partners to spread the Leave No Trace principles. Learn more here.
Leave No Trace – Making a Difference on TVA Public Lands
Please – Leave No Trace When You Camp (tva.com)
Looking for winter opportunities for community service? Join some of our partners to help clean up the beautiful lakes and rivers of the Tennessee Valley.
Name: White’s Creek Trail Maintenance with Tennessee Citizen’s for Wilderness Planning
Time: 10:00 am
Location: Whites Creek Small Wild Area in Rhea County, Participants can meet for carpooling or caravanning in Oak Ridge at the Gold’s Gym/Books-A-Million parking lot in Oak Ridge (at the end close to S. Illinois Avenue, near Salsarita's). We'll leave Oak Ridge at 9 a.m., or volunteers can join the crew at the trailhead at 10 a.m.
County: Rhea, TN
Description: TCWP will sponsor a day of trail maintenance work at Whites Creek Small Wild Area in Rhea County at 10 a.m. as part of our ongoing stewardship activities for this TVA Small Wild Area trail. The trail loops onto land that TCWP purchased from Bowater several years ago, thanks to the generous support of our members.
Participants should wear sturdy shoes or boots and bring work gloves, loppers, and small bow saws or folding saws. Some hand tools will be available at the event. Please be sure to bring clothing appropriate for weather conditions, water, snacks, and/or a lunch. We plan to spend three or four hours at the site, but volunteers may come and go as they wish. If the weather is uncooperative—excessive rain, or snow and ice—we will reschedule for the following Saturday.
Contact: Jimmy Groton at 865-805-9908 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Volunteers at work
Please welcome our newest volunteer, Kefyn Cately on Cherokee Lake. This is our first volunteer on Cherokee. We are also excited to have the University of North Alabama sign up for the Rock Pile Trail on the Muscle Shoals Reservation. We appreciate your help!
Do you have any ideas for volunteer events, or do you have any litter pick-ups scheduled for the upcoming year at your site? We would love to hear your ideas! 2022 will continue to challenge us with many visitors to TVA public lands.
- Volunteers have submitted 30 hours of monitoring and litter pickup over the past two months. Parking lot litter, household/construction dumping, downed trees and vandalism continue to occur on TVA lands. Our staff is working on getting to these sites—please know that it may take some time.
- Our Adopt a Spot partner, Greensteps, held a community cleanup near Chickamauga Dam on October 23 and 42 volunteers removed ~17,000 pounds of trash! Thank you so much!
- Congratulations and thank you to Dale Miller, our volunteer on Tellico, for receiving his t-shirt. Dale puts in many hours helping us keep several sites clean and monitored.
- We also would like to recognize David DeLoach for completing his volunteer hours and receiving a hammock and t-shirt this year.
Reminders & Upcoming Events
- Adopt a Spot Volunteers, remember to fill out your Condition Evaluation Report and submit your volunteer hours to email@example.com.
- Complete 4 site visits and you’ll earn a hammock. Complete 8 site visits and you’ll earn our new volunteer t-shirt. It is quick dry and long-sleeved! We now have backpacks for our 12-visit volunteers.