Sustainability, Green River Preserve, and the Educational Benefits of Summer Camp: Part II

By Sandy Schenck

If you haven’t already read part I of this series, click here.

The 3400 acres of Green River Preserve include the headwaters of the Green River.  In 2007, Missy and Sandy Schenck completed a conservation easement on the Preserve which included protecting the watershed of the Green River. This was done through an agreement managed by the Carolina Mountain Land Conservancy and the Clean Water Management Trust.   Along with protecting the Green River watershed, the easement protects the land which is home to many endangered species of plants and wildlife. The National Federation of Wildlife recognizes Green River Preserve as a certified wildlife habitat.

Soon after purchasing the Green River land, Sandy’s father formed a hunting club.  A requirement of the “Buck Club” was to live within seven miles of the Preserve.  This provided generations of families in the valley hunting rites at designated times of the year in exchange for maintaining wildlife feed plots and protecting the land from poachers.  The creation of the Buck Club encouraged a relationship with the valley families of mutual respect and kindness we continue to share today.   First and second generation members maintain nine protected feed plots on the preserve along with a healthy sustainable wildlife population.   Years of their stories of the Preserve serve as campfire tales during the summer, including the infamous “Lost Cave,” jack-o-lanterns, and Cherokee Indians. 

(Part III will be posted next week.)