FRANKFORT – Kentucky State Parks will be participating in National Public Lands Day on Sept. 26, a day set aside to recognize the importance of parks and encourage volunteer work. Jenny Wiley State Resort Park will host Dewey Lake Cleanup on Sept. 26 . For the second year, volunteers are asked to help clean up the shoreline of Dewey Lake. More than 1,000 pounds of trash was collected last year. Volunteers will meet at 9 a.m. at Terry’s Boat Ramp. For more information, call 606-886-6709.
National Public Lands Day began in 1994 with three federal agencies and 700 volunteers. Last year, some 180,000 volunteers worked in every state. The purpose of this day is to keep the promise of the Civilian Conservation Corps alive and to preserve and protect America’s natural heritage.
During last year’s celebration, volunteers in Kentucky and other states carried out projects such as removing trash, collecting invasive plants, building trails and planting trees.
“The Kentucky State Parks can carry out the mission of National Public Lands Day thanks to the assistance we receive from our volunteers across the state,” Parks Commissioner Elaine Walker said. “This day recognizes the importance of preserving our parks and the partnerships we have with volunteers, friends groups and other organizations.”