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Cradle Of Forestry To Host National Public Lands Day


September 6, 2018

The Cradle of Forestry in America invites the community to take part in NEEF's 25th annual National Public Lands Day (NPLD) on Saturday, Sept. 22.

National Public Lands Day is the nation's largest, single-day volunteer effort for public lands.

The National Environ-mental Education Foundation (NEEF) supports this annual event and uses the day to connect people to public lands and their communities, inspire environmental stewardship, and encourage use of public lands for education, recreation and general health.

This year, NEEF is highlighting the resilience of public lands.

Last year, floods, wildfire and severe storms caused several NPLD event hosts to cancel or to change their plans.

Others leveraged NPLD volunteers to restore and rebuild damaged parks and other outdoor spaces.

Projects taking place at the Cradle will include erosion control, mulching and invasive species removal.

If you are interested in volunteering for NPLD at the Cradle, contact Clay Wooldridge at (828) 877-3130 or

Admission to the Cradle is free on this special day to all visitors.

Cradle education staff will be offering free guided hikes on our two interpretive trails and fun activities that encourages visitors to enjoy our public lands.

The site is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. for all to enjoy the heritage site’s trails, exhibit hall, the First in Forestry film, gift shop, and Café at the Cradle.

This September celebrate something we all share: our public lands!

The Cradle of Forestry in America is located on U.S. Highway 276 in the Pisgah National Forest along the Forest Heritage National Scenic Byway, six miles North of Looking Glass Falls and four miles south of the Blue Ridge Parkway milepost 412.

For more information, call the Cradle of Forestry at 828-877-3130 or online at


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