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Spreading the mulch at Dunbar Cave

Dunbar Cave seen from across Swan LakeAt least 100 people came to Dunbar Cave on Saturday, April 25th, with rakes in hand to help spread mulch on the lake trail.  This was part of The Friends of Dunbar Cave effort that started after Christmas by collecting used Christmas trees and, with the help of CDE, turning them into safe mulch for the trails.  Safe mulch, in this case, is mulch that is only Christmas trees and not mulch of any bushes or trees that will spread seeds in the park.

Ranger Adam Neblett and Park staff Michael Fulbright was on hand to greet and thank the volunteers for their generous contribution of time, muscles and good cheer.

I hope we continue to get this much support form our local community in the future. – Adam Neblett

Many scout groups took advantage of this outdoor conservation effort.  Because of the overwhelming help, the normally three hour job got done in only an hour and a half.

Tatyana Finks, Jennifer Murray, and Caitlin Williams of girl scout troop 2559

“What a turnout!  It was a wonderful effort and so great to see so many people show up and show their support for this park,” said Friends of Dunbar Cave President, David Boen.  Friends member, Meredith Gildrie took the promotion of this project under her wings and was on hand to greet volunteers as they arrived.  She also provided water to the hard workers.

The Friends of Dunbar Cave’s Spring Fling is coming up on May 9th.  From early morning until 4:30 p.m. take guided trail tours, see reptile and birds of prey demonstrations and a full day of interesting talks and demonstrations.  This event is free to the public and your donations are appreciated.  Food and tee shirts will be on sale.

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Images in this gallery were contributed by Debbie Boen and Adam Neblett

Debbie Boen
Debbie Boen
Debbie and her family moved to Clarksville slightly after the tornado of 1999. Debbie founded the group, Clarksville Freethinkers for Peace and Civil Liberties, in 2004. She participated in Gathering to Save Our Democracy, a group dedicated to obtaining free and verifiable elections in Tennessee. She has supported groups including the NAACP, Nashville Peace Coalition, PFLAG, Friends of Dunbar Cave and the Mountain Top Removal Series of Films and speakers. She participated as an artist in the ARTZ gallery group in Clarksville and won Best of Show, First and 2 Second Place awards for four of her sculptures. She won a voter's choice award for a performance at the Roxy Regional Theatre. She is a wife, mother and cancer survivor. She is always amazed at the capabilities of the human spirit, and the wisdom to find humor when there is none.

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