During these times, outdoor recreation has seen an influx of folks who aren’t recreating responsibly. Overcrowding in areas like Laurel Falls of the Cherokee National Forest, Dolly Sods in West Virginia, and Max Patch along the Appalachian Trail has contributed to an increase in pollution and trail erosion. Follow along as we feature local leaders for a litter-free Tennessee and ways you can help reduce your footprint on our lands.
Meet: Channing Taylor
Channing is an AmeriCorps member currently serving as an Environmental Stewardship Coordinator for NeTREP in Northeast Tennessee. She facilitates plans with outdoor land management agencies and nonprofits to organize work days in the outdoors. She is very passionate about state parks and national forests and advocates for “leaving it better than you found it,” while practicing Leave No Trace ethics. Recently, Channing coordinated with Alaina Wood and organized the Buffalo Mountain tire removal with the help of several community volunteers.
If you are looking for an activity to get outside and off the couch while still social distancing during the pandemic, put your volunteer shoes on and head to the hills! We take pride in our beautiful mountain scenery in Northeast Tennessee and want to protect it for generations to come. We need YOU to join us and local leaders for a litter-free Tennessee!