DALE HOLLOW LAKE, Tenn. (April 2, 2011) – With leaves budding and flowers blooming, local volunteers gathered here today for a spring cleaning event organized by The Friends of Dale Hollow Lake, Inc., a non-profit organization dedicated to protecting and conserving the lake’s environment and resources.
In cooperation with the Overton County Sheriff’s Department, along with U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Nashville District rangers, the “Friends” group organized work crews to spruce up Kiesling’s Bottom and Gum Grove access areas, which are popular bank fishing and boat launching areas.
Park Ranger Dustin Boles, who helped organize and support the clean up, said 14 volunteers collected numerous bags of trash and debris from public property at Dale Hollow Lake.
“This event and other ‘Friends’ programs continue to help keep the beautiful waters of Dale Hollow Lake clear and clean,” Boles said. “I want to give a special thanks to the Overton County Sheriff’s Department and Sheriff W. B. Melton, Overton County Recycling Center, and the Pizza Hut of Livingston, Tenn., for donations and volunteer efforts that helped make this event a success.”
As a cooperative association with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Nashville District, the Friends of Dale Hollow Lake provide coordination, communication, promotion and development of activities with the Dale Hollow Lake Resource Manager’s Office.
Each year the Friends of Dale Hollow Lake contribute to numerous natural resource and environmental programs such as the annual Bale Eagle Watch program on the third and fourth Saturdays in January, and the annual lakeshore cleanup the fourth Saturday in September.
Interpretive activities such as programs, exhibits, and displays are another great way that Friends of Dale Hollow Lake contribute, promote and educate lake visitors.
Boles stresses that Friends of Dale Hollow Lake is a great organization and tremendous supporter of the Corps and the lake, and encourages the public to consider joining the organization and to join volunteer activities such as the spring cleanup.
“Becoming a Friend of Dale Hollow Lake is your chance to get involved,” Boles stressed. “New members are welcome and membership provides opportunity for you to help maintain the pristine waters of Dale Hollow Lake.”
To obtain more information about Friends of Dale Hollow Lake or to learn about the organization and upcoming events, call the Resource Manager’s Office at (931) 243-3136 or go to http://www.friendsofdalehollowlake.com.