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Volunteers clean Stark Knob Boat Ramp during National Public Lands Day

Nashville District Public Affairs
Published Sept. 28, 2022
Updated: Sept. 28, 2022
Park Ranger Tiffannie “Chee” Hill covers unsightly graffiti on a tree at Stark Knob Boat Ramp on Old Hickory Lake in Hendersonville, Tennessee. Volunteers and park rangers covered graffiti located on several trees and park benches during National Public Lands Day.

Park Ranger Tiffannie “Chee” Hill covers unsightly graffiti on a tree at Stark Knob Boat Ramp on Old Hickory Lake in Hendersonville, Tennessee. Volunteers and park rangers covered graffiti located on several trees and park benches during National Public Lands Day.

Park Ranger Danielle Knowles oversees Park Ranger Emily Johnson and volunteer Kim Johnson, as they use a large drill to create a new hole for a parking lot sign. The new signs periodically placed around the parking lot will help guide traffic and share important information with visitors at Stark Knob Boat Ramp on Old Hickory Lake in Hendersonville, Tennessee.

Park Ranger Danielle Knowles oversees Park Ranger Emily Johnson and volunteer Kim Johnson, as they use a large drill to create a new hole for a parking lot sign. The new signs periodically placed around the parking lot will help guide traffic and share important information with visitors at Stark Knob Boat Ramp on Old Hickory Lake in Hendersonville, Tennessee.

Local volunteers trimmed bushes and trees at Stark Knob Boat Ramp during National Public Lands Day at Old Hickory Lake in Hendersonville, Tennessee. Park Ranger Jakob Craig loaded brush onto a truck that took the trimmings to be properly disposed of.

Local volunteers trimmed bushes and trees at Stark Knob Boat Ramp during National Public Lands Day at Old Hickory Lake in Hendersonville, Tennessee. Park Ranger Jakob Craig loaded brush onto a truck that took the trimmings to be properly disposed of.

During National Public Lands Day, Park Rangers Danielle Knowles and volunteer Kim Johnson mount a new “no parking” sign at a Stark Knob Boat Ramp parking lot on Old Hickory Lake in Hendersonville, Tennessee.

During National Public Lands Day, Park Rangers Danielle Knowles and volunteer Kim Johnson mount a new “no parking” sign at a Stark Knob Boat Ramp parking lot on Old Hickory Lake in Hendersonville, Tennessee.

Volunteers arrived at the Stark Knob Boat Ramp on Old Hickory Lake around 9 a.m., ready to work. Rangers set up a tent with cleaning supplies, spray paints, bags, gloves, and other cleaning supplies.

Volunteers arrived at the Stark Knob Boat Ramp on Old Hickory Lake around 9 a.m., ready to work. Rangers set up a tent with cleaning supplies, spray paints, bags, gloves, and other cleaning supplies.

Nashville District rangers and local volunteers spent National Public Lands cleaning up the Stark Knob Boat Ramp on Old Hickory Lake in Hendersonville, Tennessee. The group ended the three-hour cleanup with a small pizza party to celebrate.

Nashville District rangers and local volunteers spent National Public Lands cleaning up the Stark Knob Boat Ramp on Old Hickory Lake in Hendersonville, Tennessee. The group ended the three-hour cleanup with a small pizza party to celebrate.

HENDERSONVILLE, Tenn. (Sept. 28, 2022) – Volunteers celebrated National Public Lands Day at Stark Knob Boat Ramp, on Old Hickory Lake, Saturday, Sept. 26th. The annual event brought together volunteers from the local community and Nashville District park rangers who helped restore, clean, and improve the recreation area.

Volunteers arrived at the Stark Knob Boat Ramp around 9 a.m., ready to work. Rangers set up a tent with cleaning supplies, cans of spray paint, bags, gloves, and other cleaning supplies. Children, accompanying their parents, grabbed plastic bags and gloves before heading into the woodline to clean up trash.

NPLD is one of five “Fee-Free Days” per year, when entrance fees are waived at national parks and other public lands to promote community involvement. Old Hickory Lake park rangers and volunteers focused on Stark Knob Boat Ramp this year. The recreation area provides access to a boat ramp, several acres of woods, park benches, and paths leading down to the water’s edge.

“I’m glad we’re here making a difference,” said Park Ranger Tiffannie “Chee” Hill. “I’d be out here helping today, even if I wasn’t a park ranger, because moments like this are important. We need to keep our communities clean and that’s what National Public Lands Day is all about.”

Volunteers picked up several trash bags of waste, including old plastic tarps, water bottles, discarded clothing, and a tattered dining room table chair. “It’s sad to see all of this trash just left here. I’m not sure who they think will clean this up. We live close so we were happy to volunteer because this is our community and our kids play here,” said Local Volunteer Diane Parker.

Park rangers gave instructions to volunteers before handing them cans of brown spray paint. “We want to make this area look as nice as we can,” said Park Ranger Jakob Craig. “Covering up all the negative words and images is a big part of that. We want people to enjoy their time here and enjoy the sights.”

Volunteers worked through scattered rainstorms and spent three hours cleaning the area. “I’m glad we could come out and help. It really means a lot to us to be involved and say we did our part to make this place as beautiful as possible,” said Parker.

Park rangers collected the trash-filled bags and loaded tree trimmings into a flatbed truck for proper disposal. After the site was cleaned and cleared, park rangers served volunteers pizza to celebrate all the hard work.

“This is an annual event, but for a lot of the volunteers this is their first time participating. We’re hoping that today’s event encourages them to come back next year and be a part of something impactful in their local community,” said Hill.

To find out more about National Public Lands Day, visit https://www.nps.gov/subjects/npscelebrates/public-lands-day.htm

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