MOUNTAIN HIGH HIKERS (MHH)

CONSERVATION POLICIES


General. In accordance with MHH by-laws, the organization supports the general premise of being good land stewards in the context ofconservation. Overall MHH supports the concepts espoused in the “Leave No Trace” program. MHH believes in promoting environmental sustainability for future generations to enjoy. Encumbent in this effort is being good land/water stewards of the priceless treasure we know as our National Forests and Parks. Conservation advocacy is necessarily linked to stewardship. One cannot advocate for forest protection/conservation

unless one is willingly to accept the accountability for commensurate

stewardship.

To help accomplish the general principles enumerated above the MHH

club endorses the following policies:

 

  1. Encourage/educate new generations of land stewards. Thisincludes inculcating a sense of the priceless resources that has

been given to us particularly by taking a youth hiking, speaking to

groups of young people in various settings including the

schoolroom..

2. Enhance public access to the outdoors. Promoting responsible

creation of trails and assuming the responsibility of the continuing

maintenance thereof.

3. Endorse the concept of “Pack it in pack it out”. Everything brought

into the woods is carried back out of the woods.

4. Avoid leaving litter. Pack out all trash, leftover food, and any other

litter. If able, be pro-active by picking up trail litter left by others.

5. Deposit solid human waste in holes dug 6-8 inches in depth at least

200 feet from water, camp, and trails.

6. Treasure water resources. Washing (of the person, dishes, or

utensils), should be a minimum of 200’ away from the trail. Soap

should be of the biodegradable variety.

7. Minimize impact. Stay on the trail (no crosscutting), walk in a single

file, minimize noise, no cell phones except for emergencies, have a

responsible group size or split into more than one group. NOTE:

Wilderness areas mandate hike group sizes: limited to 10 in North

Carolina and 12 in Georgia. Where fire is permitted, thoroughly

extinguish all camp fires.

8. Report trail issues. If a trail condition requires attention (due to a

safety issue, misuse, erosion, tree/shrub/weed encroachments,

report these to a responsible agency or in the case of trails

maintained by MHH, the club trail maintenance supervisor.

9. Respect wildlife. Observe from a respectful distance. No feeding is

allowed and can be dangerous. Hang any food bags high enough to

prevent pilfering.

10. Conserve water. Respect and preserve watersheds and promote

their continuing sustainability. Help ensure continuing free flow of

clean unspoiled natural water routes. Channel water flow to minimize

trail impact and erosion.

11. Each Mountain High Hiker is asked to reflect on his/her role in

both the enjoyment and protection of the Forests that each of us are

privileged to enjoy.

12. As a corollary to item #11, ALL MHH members are encouraged to

pay attention to all articles or news items that they read in papers,

magazines, or on TV that deal with Forest Service or public land, or other

conservation issue that might affect our area, and report these issues to

the conservation chair or the MHH board for further research and

possible follow-on action.

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