Governor proclaims Public Lands Day

From Staff Reports

   Gov. Don Sundquist has proclaimed Saturday, Sept. 28, National Public Lands Day in Tennessee. The National Public Lands Day will be celebrated across the nation.
   "Public lands in Tennessee, and throughout America, are held in trust for all citizens, and it is our responsibility as citizens to share in their protection," Sundquist said. "I encourage everyone to roll up their sleeves and share in the stewardship of our public lands."
   National Public Lands Day is the nation's largest one-day volunteer stewardship event. This year's theme is "Explore America's Backyard" and is expected to attract about 70,000 volunteers at an estimated 500 sites. The day will result in more than $8 million in improvements to the nation's natural resources.
   The Tennessee Department of Environment, and Conservation State Natural Areas programs will sponsor stewardship programs across Tennessee. The volunteer projects will focus on trail building and cleanup.