Wildlife Society Spruces Up Campus Trail


The Lincoln Memorial University (LMU) Wildlife Society students completed their fall service project cleaning up the overgrown hiking trail near the LMU water tower.  


“We have actually been doing this cleanup for a couple years now,” said Rachel Teeter, Wildlife Society vice president. “It is a great opportunity to get outside with friends and be active.”


Because of the lush vegetation, the trail is used by conservation biology and wildlife majors for research.  The trail is not open to the general public; however, students can enjoy the trail with the great views of campus and frequent wildlife sightings. The trail is about 1.25 miles long beginning at the access road parking lot behind the Carnegie-Vincent Library and following the ridge along the LMU property where it connects with the trail system in the Cumberland Gap National Historical Park (CGNHP). From that point multiple trails branch into the CGNHP and several converge at the Tipprell community in Cumberland Gap. Students cleared out tall weeds and other plant growth the make the trail accessible.


“The difference between what it was and what it is now is remarkable,” Teeter said. “It was a great experience that I hope next year's Wildlife Society will continue.”


Club members who assisted with the project include Madison Criswell, Knoxville, Tennessee; Lena Watson, Ashland, Ohio; Samantha Lyon, Bluff City, Tennessee; Amanda Lyles, Knoxville, Tennessee; Jacob Blake, Dover, Delaware; Hannah Blevins, Flat Lick, Kentucky; Tyra Sanchez, Honolulu, Hawaii; Austyn Simmons, Clinton, Tennessee; Eli Tate, Bristol, Tennessee; Lane Hopper, Speedwell, Tennessee; Bethany Boggs, Baxter, Kentucky; Rachel Teeter, Effingham, Illinois; Juan Torres, Morristown, Tennessee and club sponsor Dr. LaRoy Brandt, associate professor of biology.



“The trail is a hidden and often overlooked LMU treasure and it was great to have so many of our Wildlife Society students helping clean up and clear the trail for those who use it,” Brandt said. “It makes me proud to see students get involved like this.”


Lincoln Memorial University is a values-based learning community dedicated to providing educational experiences in the liberal arts and professional studies. The main campus is located in Harrogate, Tennessee. For more information about the undergraduate and graduate programs available at LMU, contact the Office of Admissions at 423.869.6280 or email at admissions@LMUnet.edu.

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