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Tennessee National Park seeks volunteers to help sanitize forest



Gatlinburg, TN - Love the outdoors? Here's your chance to get in touch with Mother Nature, all for a great cause. The Great Smoky Mountains National Park is seeking a dozen volunteers to help sanitize its 800 square miles of forest.


"The pandemic and subsequent lockdowns have created an unprecedented demand for outdoor activities like hiking and camping," said Park Ranger Bobby Boone. "Now, we need some help to ensure the trails and grounds remain safe for visitors."


Boone says the plan is to start by disinfecting trees closest to hiking trails and camping areas and then expand deeper into the forest and underbrush. Eventually, the park hopes to sanitize the park every four hours throughout the week and every two hours during peak weekend periods.


While volunteers will not be paid, all cleaning products will be provided. Volunteers will also receive a free t-shirt and a 30-minute online training course on how to survive a bear attack.


Volunteer positions will be posted on their website later this week.



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