Great Smoky Mountains National Park Litter Patrol

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ORGANIZATION: MORGAN DUKE CONSERVATION SOCIETY

Volunteers play a critical role in ensuring that the trails, parking lots, and areas throughout the Great Smoky Mountains National Park are well protected from garbage. The park is very busy and popular, so garbage can build up quickly, potentially causing harm to wildlife and their habitat.

Volunteers work independently by choosing their favorite area of the park to walk around and pick up garbage. They report any trail or location conditions they observe, and can assist the Morgan Duke Conservation Society in documenting the type and amount of garbage collected. This information is used to create an end-of-year environmental report.
Volunteers have the opportunity to hike in the backcountry of the Smoky Mountains while participating in this volunteer work, providing a unique way to explore and contribute at the same time.

Volunteering is simple. There is no requirement to give advance notice before volunteering. However, volunteers should always stay in contact with their volunteer coordinator at the Morgan Duke Conservation Society to report any concerns or provide feedback. Volunteers are required to fill out a National Park Volunteer application to ensure that they are covered under workers' compensation. They will be assigned a volunteer coordinator and given access to a volunteer portal to record hours. Additionally, volunteers can join the Morgan Duke Conservation Society Facebook group to connect with other volunteers. Supplies will be provided to volunteers.

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About MORGAN DUKE CONSERVATION SOCIETY

Location:

PO BOX 114, Rock Tavern, NY 12575, US

Mission Statement

The Morgan Duke Conservation Society is a nonprofit organization dedicated to protecting forests and water bodies from threats, such as people walking off the trails and damaging vegetation and impacts of throwing litter on the trails, hiding litter in the vegetation. Our team works tirelessly to educate the public on the importance of proper waste disposal to prevent wildlife habitat damage and harming wildlife like threatening species and preserve natural habitats for wildlife. From Orange County to Putnam County to Ulster County and other areas, our volunteer's hike through forested areas, Wildlife Management Areas, and waterways to clean up litter, report damaged vegetation, assess trail conditions, and even plant trees to restore destroyed habitats. We collaborate with state and local conservation agencies to develop and implement innovative solutions that safeguard these precious natural areas and the wildlife that call them home.

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Community, Education & Literacy, Sports & Recreation

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(35.71426,-83.51016)
 

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  • Outdoor Recreation

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