Forest Service officials at the Cherokee National Forest say that for the fourth year, the Tellico Ranger District, Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency, Tennessee Division of Forestry, Southern Appalachian Wilderness Stewards and Keep Monroe County Beautiful provided a day of information and fun for local area 5th graders.
The event at Citico Creek and Indian Boundary Recreation Area was supported by Fort Loudoun Electric Cooperative, Tellico Plains High School and Partners of the Cherokee National Forest.
Tellico District Ranger Katherine Foster said, “Forest biologist Mary Miller has nurtured EcoDays from a single day to a three day extravaganza. This year over 400 students from Tellico Plains, Coker Creek, Rural Vale, Madisonville and Vonore schools learned about forest and fire management, Leave No Trace wilderness awareness, aquatic and terrestrial wildlife, bear safety, and recycling and composting. Highlights of the day include seeing a bear trap up close and wading in a stream looking for aquatic life. Plans for next year’s EcoDays are already underway.”