Conservation Project 11: Comment Cards and Painting


It’s déjà vu all over again. Conservation Day 11 has the crew back out at one of our favorite projects, Cordell Hull Lake, to pick up where we left. We caught up with Ranger Sarah Bates in the newly opened Cordell Hull Visitor Center where we spent some brief moments perusing their awesome flora and fauna displays. We jumped out and spied our old friend, the oversized life jacket stencil, peeking out of Sarah’s truck and followed it and Sarah to Salt Lick Campground.

First thing up for the day was splitting into teams of three and roving around Salt Lick Recreation Area with a stack of comment cards and water safety freebies. The teams talked to some friendly campers, passed out coloring books & key chains, and collected a handful of filled out comment cards. This is routine work for the Rangers so we were happy to help Sarah out, but we were also ready to get painting.

Having painted docks previously with the life jacket and ‘WEAR IT’ stencils we took it up again like old hands. We took turns rolling and brushing orange, blue, and yellow and in no time had four docks and boat ramps done up. Drowning fatalities are possibly the most serious concern for any Army Corps project so we are happy to do anything that might have a positive affect on visitors as they recreate in the Nashville District. Plus, we make these docks look good.

Finishing up we realized it was the last conservation day we would have on Cordell Hull Lake. It is an awesome area of Tennessee with breath taking natural spaces and though we are sore to be leaving it now, count on it we will be back in the years to come.

Written by Sam Cox