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Want to go fishing at the ammunition plant? Here's how

From staff reports • May 14, 2017 at 6:45 PM

Looking for a rare fishing opportunity? Holston Army Ammunition Plant in Kingsport is offering one.

Again this year, HSAAP is allowing the general public a chance to fish the restricted section of the Holston River within the installation’s boundaries.

The installation is accepting applications for four one-day fishing events scheduled for this summer, which will be held June 24 and 25 and July 1 and 2. Individuals interested in fishing on HSAAP must apply for the opportunity and will be selected by a random drawing. The HSAAP commander approved the public fishing program under a strict set of guidelines designed to insure that installation safety and security standards are maintained while each fishing event is being held.

Applications for this year’s fishing events are available online at holstonwildlife.webs.com. Applications may also be requested by mail by sending a self-addressed, stamped envelope to:

Holston Army Ammunition Plant
Attn: Fishing Information
4509 West Stone Drive
Kingsport, TN 37660

Completed applications must be received by June 1, 2017, to be considered in the drawing for this year’s events. For more information, contact Bruce Cole, the HSAAP natural resources manager, at (423) 578-6276.

HSAAP reminds applicants that there is a temporary water contact advisory for the North Fork of the Holston River in Hawkins and Sullivan counties, which was issued at the end of April by the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation following the sewer line leak in Weber City. Authorities estimated that the repair to the sewer line could take up to 30 days to complete.

HSAAP is located about 10 miles below the wastewater spill, which means this year's fishing events may be impacted. Facility officials will provide updated information on this issue when it becomes available.

Holston Army Ammunition Plant encompasses more than 6,000 acres just outside Kingsport.

See a lonely fawn? Don't pick it up!

Yes, that adorable fawn in its white-spotted coat is all alone. That doesn't mean it needs your help.

Does often stay away from their young to avoid leading predators, such as dogs or coyotes, to their location. That white-spotted coat is in fact camouflage as a fawn lies motionless in vegetation.

Does return several times each day to move and/or feed their young. This lasts only a few minutes before Mom again moves away to a safer distance.

Fawns normally are born between late April and July, and the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries reminds the public that if you want to help a baby deer, overwhelmingly the best thing to do is give it space and leave it alone.

If you have “rescued” a fawn and it's been less than 24 hours, take it back and release it at the exact location where it was found.

If a wild animal has been injured or truly orphaned, locate a licensed wildlife rehabilitator by calling the VDGIF's toll-free wildlife conflict helpline at (855) 571-9003 from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, or visit the licensed wildlife rehabilitator section of the VDGIF website.

Still, even with the best professional care possible, the survival rate of rehabilitated fawns and many other animals is very low. More than 50 percent of fawns brought to rehabilitation facilities die before being released because of injuries they arrive with and unavoidable physical stress during the rehabilitation process. Of those fawns that are released, a tiny percentage survives the first year in the wild.

So do that lonely fawn a favor and leave it alone.

And one more thing: Raising a wild animal in captivity is illegal unless you have a VDGIF wildlife rehabilitation permit.

Virginia invites you to Kids to Parks Day on May 20

The 37 Virginia State Parks will offer kid-friendly programming in conjunction with National Kids to Parks Day on May 20. Visitors will also receive a coupon for a free future visit to any Virginia State Park.

In its seventh year, Kids to Parks Day urges kids across the country to discover science, history, nature and adventure. The annual event helps kids and families develop more active and healthy lifestyles create lifelong memories and learn about nature.

Locally, Natural Tunnel State Park in Duffield, Wilderness Road State Park in Ewing and the Southwest Virginia Museum in Big Stone Gap are taking part.

• Natural Tunnel State Park (10 a.m.-3 p.m. Visitor Center): Join park guides for an adventure in science, history, cultural history and geology. There will be three stations of concurrent programming happening throughout the day. The Appalachian Wood Carvers will provide basic wood carving lessons, The High Knob Chapter of the Virginia Master Naturalists will provide an animal touch table, and park staff will have a craft table.

• Wilderness Road State Park (10 a.m.-2 p.m., Nature Center): The Nature Center offer numerous fun and educational activities with participants also enjoying a variety of ranger-led games, crafts and educational programs.

• Southwest Virginia Museum (10 a.m.-5 p.m., museum building and grounds): Children can take part in scavenger hunt while touring the museum, and there’s a special surprise for participants. The park also will offer GPS units and starter geocaching sites for children and families interested in exploring the world of geocaching.

Kids to Parks Day also kicks off the third annual Get Outdoors! Challenge. Visitors log visits to five different Virginia State Parks between May 20 and June 30 and earn a family annual pass for free parking statewide. Visitors may use the free pass any time before Dec. 31.

For more on Virginia State Parks, go online at dcr.virginia.gov/state-parks. Learn more about the Kids to Parks Day movement at kidstoparksday.org.