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Protect What You Love

Salem College at Belews Lake
Salem College at Belews Lake
Mad Bean Launch Party
Mayo and Dan River cleanup 10/12/19
Laurelyn Dossett
Mayo River Cleanup
Mayo State Park
Hanging Rock Cascades Trail
Lover's Leap
Sunset from the banks of the Dan
Fall Creek Falls

Good Stewards protect and restore our environment through actions that build informed and resilient communities. The best way to sustainably protect what we love is by creating a culture that appreciates and respects all we have on Earth, including each other. 

We recognize that environmental work cannot be completed with tunnel vision. There are many important interconnections involved, such as environmental justice and systemic racism, and we cannot ignore their significance or the parts they must play in this work.

We believe access to a clean environment is a human right, but not everyone is treated fairly in their pursuit of happiness. Those voices are the ones we seek to support and amplify the most. 

Principals of Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion drive all that we do. Our full diversity plan and timeline is available here. 

Land Acknowledgement

We would like to acknowledge that we work and live upon stolen land. These lands are the traditional territory of the Cheraw, Saura, Saponi, Occaneechi, Lumbee, and likely many more before us. These lands were once rich, pure, and interconnected with its inhabitants. Had this relationship with the land continued, our environment would still be as pristine as it once was. Colonial ways continue to disrupt these sacred spaces today and destroy our air, land, water, and culture.

The work performed by this organization is done with respect for and in tribute to the orginial Good Stewards of the Dan River.

To support Indigenous leadership, we recommend 7 Directions of Service.

To support LatinX leadership, we recommend LatinX LIFE.

To support Black leadership, we recommend your local or state NAACP.

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