Volunteers are being sought for a workday at Cataloochee Ranch in Haywood County that will enhance the habitat for migratory birds and improve water quality.
The National Parks Conservation Association (NPCA) and Nature Valley are partnering with the Southern Appalachian Highlands Conservancy to coordinate the workday, which will be held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, July 28.
The schedule of activities for the day includes:
• 8:45-9 a.m.: Volunteers arrive, sign in, waivers.
• 9:10 a.m.: Intro and welcome, recognize partners, share plan for day.
• 9:20 a.m.: Split into project groups, head to project site.
• Bird group: led by Chris and Margot.
• Trail group: led by Hanni and Allison.
• 9:30 a.m.: At worksite: work for three hours, snacks provided.
• 12:30 p.m.: Bird habitat group finishes work.
• 12:50 p.m.: Trail crew finishes work, hikes to top of Hemphill Bald.
• 1 p.m.: Catered lunch all together at top of Hemphill Bald. Informal presentation/discussion on conservation from a landowner’s perspective and what SAHC is doing in the Smokies focus area.
• 1:50 p.m.: shuttle ready to take people back to parking area.
• 2 p.m.: program officially ends