Indian Boundary Overflow closed May 7-9
Camping in the overflow section may resume as normal the evening of Thursday, May 9 at approximately 4 pm.
U.S. Forest Service officials at the Cherokee National Forest will be hosting the sixth annual “Eco Days” for Monroe County fifth grade students on May 7-9, 2013. While the event is underway there will be temporary closures for portions of Indian Boundary Recreation Area in the Tellico Ranger District, Monroe County.
The Indian Boundary Campground Overflow will be closed to camping on Monday, May 6 at 2 pm. It will remain closed through May 9. Camping in the overflow section may resume as normal the evening of Thursday, May 9 at approximately 4 pm.
The event will involve three days of conservation education billed as “Eco Days” for school children from the Monroe County School system. Last year, over 400 fifth grade students from Tellico Plains, Coker Creek, Rural Vale, Madisonville and Vonore schools participated in this fun-filled and educational event. Students will visit stations taught by natural resources professionals from the Forest Service, Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency, Sequoyah Birthplace Museum, and the Tennessee Division of Forestry. Students will learn about wildlife, forestry, East Tennessee heritage, fish and other aquatic life, controlled (prescribed) burning, and how to use a cross-cut saw. Sandy Akins of Keep Monroe County Beautiful will give a presentation on the importance of recycling. Highlights of the day include seeing a bear trap up close and wading in a stream looking for aquatic life. At the end of the day each student will receive a packet of conservation education material.
The event is hosted by the Forest Service and Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency with contributions from Fort Loudoun Electric Cooperative, Partners of the Cherokee National Forest, and Tellico Plains High School.
Tellico District Ranger Katherine Foster said “Many of America’s children today grow up with little connection to nature. Eco Days is about what fun it is to be outside, the amazing things that are out there, and what we all could be doing to help make sure our natural resources are available in the future. The Forest Service and our partners hope to increase our local kids’ understanding and appreciation of the natural world and to develop the next generation of conservation leaders.”
For additional information please contact the Tellico Ranger District at 423-253-8400.
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