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Posted 10/6/2018

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By Cheatham Lake Conservation Biologist
By Trey Church

ASHLAND CITY, Tenn. (Oct. 6, 2018) – Local Boy Scout Pack 503 partnered with park rangers today to mulch flower beds, trim pollinator plants, and pick up trash around the Cheatham Lake Resource Manager’s Office.

The staff at Cheatham Lake invited the kids to participate in the National Public Lands Day event and lauded their efforts to spruce up the project site.

“There is no better way to teach children about our parks than to involve them in projects like caring for public lands,” said Park Ranger Dean Austin.

Austin said partnerships like this one are made possible by getting out into the local community, and finding other like-minded groups who want to help.

The Cheatham Lake Corps of Engineers Park Ranger staff provided materials, tools, and supervision, but the true stars of the day were the Boy Scouts for all their hard work and determination to make a difference along the shoreline of the Cumberland River near Cheatham Dam.

Pack 503, the Cheatham Lake Park Ranger staff, and the local community benefit greatly from today’s event.  Community involvement in wildlife and environmental initiatives are part of the nationwide effort for the conservation of public lands. 

“We’re all thankful for all the hard work provided by Pack 503 to ensure this year’s NPLD would be one to remember,” Austin added.

Cheatham Lake is operated and maintained by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Nashville District. The dam is located at Cumberland River mile 148.7. The lake covers 7,450 acres and has 320 miles of shoreline.  The backwaters of the lake reach Old Hickory Dam, 67.5 miles upstream.

(The public can obtain news, updates and information from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Nashville District on the district’s website at http://www.lrn.usace.army.mil, on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/nashvillecorpsand on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/nashvillecorps. The public can also follow Cheatham Lake on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/cheathamlake.)

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