Stewardship

Committed to sustainability, cultivating ecological awareness, and responsibility.

The E&H Outdoor Program is part of a community that includes many forests, rivers, and mountains, and the Program believes that healthy communities rely upon reciprocity and the individuals who take the initiative to give as much as they receive.

It is all about three important ideas: Leave No Trace, maintenance, and reclamation. The Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics provides the Program a guiding set of principles. As the Program introduces E&H students, faculty, and staff to the wonders of backpacking, paddling, and rock climbing, it also communicates the reality of backcountry impact and strives to leave the places explored undisturbed for the next generations to enjoy.

The Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics provides the Program a guiding set of principles. As the Program introduces E&H students, faculty, and staff to the wonders of backpacking, paddling, and rock climbing, it also communicates the reality of backcountry impact and strives to leave the places explored undisturbed for the next generations to enjoy.

Backcountry trails like the Appalachian Trail make the beauty and solitude of nature more accessible, and as the E&H Outdoor Program enjoys the hiking and backpacking the A.T. affords, the Program engages trail maintenance projects. Partnering with the Mount Rogers Appalachian Trail Club, students, faculty, and staff repair trails, volunteering their sweat and strong backs for the perpetuation of backcountry access.

There is no shortage of garbage, and the E&H Outdoor Program takes the reclamation initiative to remove as much junk as possible from local mountains, streams, and forests. Cooperating with the Environmental Science Department and the Appalachian Center for Civic Life, the South Fork of the Holston River has been the recent focus of many collaborative debris removal effort.