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Conservation events coming up at Warriors Path

Holly Viers • Jan 30, 2018 at 8:00 PM

KINGSPORT — Even in the heart of winter, there are still opportunities for outdoor fun at Warriors Path State Park.

Two of these opportunities, Adopt-a-Tree and Weed Wrangle, are coming up in the next few weeks, and both events will focus on conservation.

“We live on a limited Earth with limited resources,” said park ranger Marty Silver. “Conservation means using these resources with care, so we can insure the health and happiness of future generations.”

Adopt-a-Tree

This event will be held Feb. 24 from 10 a.m. to noon or until all trees have been planted. Participants should follow signs to the planting location on Duck Island.

Silver said the park has hosted this event for nearly 30 years. Trees from the first year have now grown into “a healthy young forest” between the campground and the pool parking lot, he added.

This year, the park will combine its annual tree-planting with the statewide 250K Tree Day event, which aims to plant 250,000 native tree seedlings across Tennessee.

Silver said participants have two options: They can order their desired number and type of trees in advance to pick up at the event, or they can receive one free seedling for each one they help plant at the park as long as limited supplies last.

Those who want to order their trees in advance must do so by this Feb. 1, at tectn.org/250ktreeday.

Weed Wrangle

This event, which will be held March 3 at 10 a.m., is designed to make the park safer for native wildflowers and butterflies by removing invasive garlic mustard plants. Participants should meet at the campfire circle on the eastern end of the campground.

Silver said this is the second year Warriors Path has hosted this particular event, though it has hosted a number of similar activities for many years. Many other Tennessee State Parks will also host Weed Wrangle events on the same day.

Participants should come dressed for the weather and be ready to get a little dirty. Bring some garden gloves if you have tender hands. Silver said preregistration for this event is preferred, but not required.

For more information about either event, contact Silver at marty.silver@tn.gov or (423) 239-6786.

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