Punks in Decay
Human inhabitants have had a substantial impact upon the forest ecology atop the Cumberland Plateau and subsequently Sewanee’s Domain has a variety of forests. While some areas have been harvested or planted with monoculture plantations such as the non-native white pine, others remain relatively unmanaged.
Painting a Modern Picture of Conservation - The Paint Rock River National Wildlife Refuge
On Tuesday, February 5th, the US Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) hosted a public forum at the Franklin County Library to discuss the creation of a new wildlife refuge, the Paint Rock River National Wildlife Refuge, in southern Franklin County. The presentation comes after years of tireless efforts by a diverse assemblage of stakeholders. Pending its approval in June of this year, the refuge stands to be just the eleventh refuge created under President Obama. More notably, it will be one of a very few refuges in the country whose focus is protecting threatened upland terrestrial habitat in the southern Appalachians.
Sustainability Outreach Takes a Hold at Sewanee
As Sewanee looks to become an ever more sustainable institution, the University is also looking to assist members of the entire community in achieving a level of sustainability of their own. While most people equate sustainability as simply environmentalism and recycling, it links environmental stability with economic vitality and social justice. Sewanee hopes to not only help the planet but also help the local community at the same time.
University Farm Grows Sustainable Business Model
Carolyn Hoagland gave a tour of the farm in late August 2016 and explained her vision to create an agricultural business model that is educational, sustainable, and replicatable.
Sustaining Sewanee's Water
The Southeastern US experienced extreme drought in 2016, and you can see what that looked like in Sewanee in the video "Sustaining Sewanee: A Visual Exploration of Our Water".