Ecotourism (also known as ecological tourism) as
described from various sources on the internet and books is travel to tranquil
and sometimes fragile places which are unpolluted and sometimes protected
Ecotourism can appeal to different types of individuals.
Usually responsible and socially conscious individuals are the ones focusing on
personal growth, volunteering, and seeking out new ways to tread lightly and
make the planet a better place for generations to come. This is what
ecotourism is all about. It typically involves traveling to sometimes
remote destinations where flowers, mountainous or rock formations, and types of
cultural heritage are the primary attractions. With ecotourism we get an
idea of our impact on this planet and learn how humanity should have a greater
appreciation for our natural surroundings.
In addition to enjoying our own natural habitats, ecotourism
can include programs to teach us how to minimize our negative impact on the
environment and how to not degrade but enhance its beauty. Therefore, a
very important part of ecotourism is the promotion of but not limited to
energy efficiency, recycling, and water conservation.
For many places, ecotourism is not only a small way to protect
the environment, but is also a major way to support the industry of the economy.
It builds environmental awareness, minimizes impact, teaches us our local
culture, and probably the best of all involves travel to natural destinations.
For more information about this and other interesting topics
Nowhere else on earth...
The Nature Conservancy's Clinch Valley Program oversees the watersheds
of the Clinch, Powell, and Holston rivers in southwest Virginia and
northeast Tennessee in an area that has been designated by the Conservancy as
one of the "Last Great Places" on earth.
Clinch Valley Preserves include:
Pendleton Island, Kyle's Ford,
Beech Grove Cliffs, Cleveland Island, Gray's Island, Unthanks Cave, Fletcher
Ford, Freeman/Kerney Island, and The Cedars.
In addition, the Clinch Valley Program has created several new ways of
conserving the other rare or endangered areas. Over 20 miles of
streams have been fenced and restored through the voluntary riparian
restoration program. Also, using conservation easements, the
Conservancy has permanently protected another 750 acres, while the
landowners retain ownership of the land.
For membership and volunteer information, please call the Clinch Valley
Program office at 540-676-2209 or become a member online at
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