Help to the Smoky Mountains

Chimneys picnic area Help to the Smokies is an effort led by BWXT/Y-12, which includes Team UT-Battelle and other Oak Ridge area businesses, to provide and coordinate volunteer workers for "light construction" rehabilitation projects in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. The partnership began in 1996 and  typically schedules 2–4 work days each year. Previous projects have resulted  in completely rehabilitated picnic  areas at Metcalf Bottoms (see video), Cades Cove,  and the Chimneys; work in the Cosby Campground; ground preparation for and the assembly of a  large native plants greenhouse at Twin Creeks; and the initial work on the now-completed Orientation Shelter at the entrance to Cades Cove.



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