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Recycle you Christmas Tree at Dunbar Cave State Park

 

Dunbar Cave State Park - Clarksville TNClarksville, TN – From now through January 10th, the Friends of Dunbar Cave will accept your used Christmas trees for their Trees to Trails project.

The trees will be turned to mulch and will be spread on the dam trail. Please ensure that all decorations have been removed and that they are tinsel-free. The drop-off location will be in the park’s parking lot.

Dunbar Cave State Park is located at 401 Old Dunbar Cave Road, Clarksville Tennessee.

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Trail Mulching Day at Dunbar Cave Coming Up Soon

 

Trees to Trails at Dunbar CaveClarksville, TN – Do you enjoy Clarksville’s only state park, Dunbar Cave State Natural Area?  Do you run the trails for exercise or walk them for some peace and quiet?  Want to make them even better? Then you will likely want to help us to maintain the trails you use and enjoy.

The Friends of Dunbar Cave, a nonprofit group dedicated to promoting, protecting, and preserving the park,  will have their annual trail mulching day on March 23rd.

Spreading mulch on the Dam

Spreading mulch on the Dam

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Cub Scout Pack 534 Helps with Dunbar Cave State Park “Trees to Trails” Project

 

Contributed by Meredith Gildrie from the Friends of Dunbar Cave

Trees to Trails at Dunbar CaveClarksville, TN – On a crisp but sunny Sunday afternoon (January 8th), Cub Scouts from Pack 534 arrived at Dunbar Cave State Natural Area with a mission. They had volunteered to take decorations including tinsel off Christmas trees, so the trees could be mulched and used on the park’s trails.

A couple members of Friends of Dunbar Cave joined them to explain the process and lend a hand, but the bulk of the work was done by the boys and their families. What an energetic bunch! They pulled trees off and out of the drop-off pile, cleaned them, and dragged the clean ones to the to-be-mulched pile where they heaved the trees into the pile. Most often that last step was left to parents, especially the fathers, since the pile rose to over six feet in places.

A Christmas tree being dropped off at Dunbar Cave for recycling in January 2010

A Christmas tree being dropped off at Dunbar Cave for recycling in January 2010

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Friends of Dunbar Cave seeking volunteers for Earth Day activity

 

Trees to Trails at Dunbar CaveClarksville, TN – The Friends of Dunbar Cave invites the public to participate in its twelfth annual Mulching Day at Dunbar Cave State Natural Area.

This year the group will use the mulch made from discarded Christmas trees to refurbish the picnic area and the dividers in the parking lot as well as to cover the walking trails. This is a perfect Earth Day Activity and community service project.  The mulch reduces soil runoff into the lake and cushions the trails for hikers. «Read the rest of this article»

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Friends of Dunbar Cave’s Twelfth Annual Trees to Trails

 

Trees to Trails at Dunbar CaveClarksville, TN – The Friends of Dunbar Cave Nature Area are gearing up for their twelfth annual Trees to Trails project.  The first stage of the project is the collection of Christmas trees. Once decorations (including tinsel) have been taken off cut trees, members of the community are asked to drop them off at the park.

The designated drop-off pile is located in the corner of the parking lot, at intersection of Dunbar and Old Dunbar Cave Roads. The park is open daily 8:00am until sunset. Trees will be accepted through January 9th, 2011. 
 
The second phase of the project is the shredding of the collected trees. The resulting mulch will be will be saved until early Spring and used to cover park pathways. Christmas trees are considered a good source of park mulch because they are free of vines and seeds from invasive plants. The mulch helps control erosion without introducing unwanted plants to the trails.

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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

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Dunbar Cave ramps up for the spring season

 

Dunbar Cave seen from across Swan LakeThis month’s business meeting for the Friends of Dunbar Cave will be held Thursday evening at 6:00pm, at the Dunbar Cave Visitor Center. The meeting will likely consist of going over all the details required to pull off Spring Fling. They have plenty to discuss. The meeting will also likely touch on Cooling at the Cave;  as it is right around the corner. If you are not yet a member of this organization you are welcome to attend the meeting, become a member, and to become more involved!

The Friends of Dunbar Cave are also preparing for their 10th annual trees to trails effort.  Volunteers will be spreading the mulch generated from donated Christmas trees on the trails around the state natural area, between 9am and 12pm on Saturday April 25th, the first Saturday after Earth day. «Read the rest of this article»

 


Dunbar Cave to host “Trees to Trails” Christmas tree recycling

 

christmas-treeFor the past nine years people have been bringing leftover Christmas trees to Dunbar Cave after the holidays. Typically about a 1000 trees are donated each year, although many more can be used. Trees can be brought to the visitors’ center parking lot from December 26th until January 11th from 8:00 am until sunset. The park is open seven days a week. They should be free of tinsel and other decorations.

The trees will be ground into mulch, thanks to CDE volunteers. Christmas tree lots are invited to bring any leftover trees as well. No other types of plants or vegetation are allowed. Why only Christmas trees? Typically grown on farms for this purpose or harvested from the wild, these trees make mulch ideal for protecting soil and tend to be free of any invasive species which could spread in the park. «Read the rest of this article»

 

Friends of Dunbar Cave spread the mulch

 

An Aerial view of Swan Lake and the entrance to Dunbar Cave.On March 29th, Friends of Dunbar Cave and other volunteers spread Christmas tree mulch to areas around the dam, parking lot and picnic tables at Dunbar Cave State Natural Area. They started this job at 9 am and were done by noon. The 39 volunteers included members of Den 11, Pack 509, Tiger Den, Pack 565, and many other lovers of the park.

The rain held off in the cool weather. The young worked with the old, all sharing pride in their hard work and accomplishment. The Friends of Dunbar Cave send out a hearty thanks to all who volunteered. «Read the rest of this article»

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