©2012 NPT PHOTO BY DUAY O'NEIL
Members of the Cherokee National Forest Secure Rural Schools Resource Advisory
Committee prepare to cross the Marvel M. Jones Bridge across the French Broad
River in Del Rio recently to begin a tour of five project sites. From left are committee
members Linda Lewanski, Gay Webb, Michael Sledjeski, and Cocke County Mayor
Vaughn Moore, with Terry Bowerman, District Ranger for the Unaka District of
Cherokee National Forest.
|Published: 9:37 AM, 10/11/2012
Source: The Newport Plain Talk
DEL RIO-Several members of the Cherokee National Forest
Secure Rural Schools Resource Advisory Committee gathered recently in Del Rio
to tour five identified project sites in the area.
Meeting Unaka District CNF District Ranger Terry Bowerman
were Cocke County Mayor Vaughn Moore, Cocke County Tourism Director Linda
Lewanski, Gay Webb, and Michael Sledjeski, committee members.
The group began their tour by visiting parking sites
alongside the river that have been hardened to improve and enhance visitor access,
reduce sedimentation, and improve bank stabilization and water quality.
From there they examined a project to restore river cane
along the French Broad River and French Broad Fields.
According to Bowerman, work at this location has included
the removal of some trees shading the cane to increase the amount of sunlight
reaching the area. Some of this work has been completed, but more trees will be
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