The Blue Ridge Mountains Council is blessed to own approximately 14,000 Acres (nearly 25 square miles) of mountainous woodland that encompasses six mountain ranges, two major streams, and two man-made lakes. This property, with it's steep laurel choked terrain and mild seasonal weather represents a true Scouting paradise- a place where boys can play the came of Scouting, form positive relationships with adults and peers, and reconnect with the natural world. The BRSR Conservation Plan is written to enable current and future generations to positively steward this amazing natural resource.
CONSERVATION PLAN FOR THE BLUE RIDGE SCOUT RESERVATION 2015-2020
The Conservation Plan Consists of three parts: The Blue Ridge Scout Reservation (BRSR) Ecosystem Management Plan, the BRMC Conservation Program Plan, and the Guide to the Natural and Cultural Resources of the BRSR.
PART I: ECOSYSTEM MANAGEMENT PLAN
The Ecosystems Management Plan provides guidelines for the operation and maintenance of the Reservation to enhance the health of its ecosystem insure its natural character, and support the program of the BRMC. The plan encourages working within natural systems, commensurate with management goals, to assure ecosystem integrity and natural appearance. An emphasis on monitoring the resource conditions will provide for user safety, and the aesthetic and programmatic integrity of the Reservation.
PART II: CONSERVATION PROGRAM PLAN
The Conservation Program Plan (under construction) focuses on activities, advancement, awards, community and camp service and training that promote conservation goals. It will serve as a guide for Scouts and Scouters who desire to incorporate conservation as an integral part of their individual and unit program.
PART III: THE GUIDE TO THE NATURAL AND CULTURAL RESOURCES OF THE BLUE RIDGE SCOUT RESERVATION
The Guide to the Natural and Cultural Resources of the Blue Ridge Scout Reservation (under construction) is designed for scouts, scouters and other users of the Reservation to identify the forms of vegetation, wildlife and other natural resources and the cultural resources present. In addition to identifying the resources present on the Reservation and where they can be found, it will highlight those of special concern (endangered, rare etc) and those that present specific hazards. The guide will also relate policies regarding consumptive uses (hunting, fishing, gathering wild edibles or other vegetation, etc) as well as the use of trails, camps, back country areas, and other reservation educational uses.