Sustainability on the Island

Three Mile Island Sustainability Guiding Principles

Land Use on the Island

Marge Holland prepared this overview of the TMI Land Use Plan.

A paper that William Clapham, Marjorie Holland, and Jay Maciejowski wrote about the TMI land use plan and the vegetation sampling for APPALACHIA Journal.

A paper that Marjorie Holland and William Clapham published in 2012 on the TMI vegetation studies.

Three Mile Island's Conservation Ethic

The Three Mile Island Committee believes that all campers and croo share in the responsibility to conserve the land and lakeshores of Three Mile Island. This responsibility stretches beyond the confines of our little island and embraces the ecosystems of Lake Winnepesaukee and other water bodies throughout the Lakes Region of New Hampshire,

In accord with The Mission Statement of the Appalachian Mountain Club:

  • We encourage people to enjoy and appreciate the natural world because we believe that successful conservation depends on this experience.
  • We work to conserve the region's woodlands, mountains, and waterways, and to provide clean air and water for future generations.
  • We use research, advocacy, community outreach, and education, and place a value on strong local economies.

What We Do to Help Preserve Three Mile Island and the Lakes Region

First and foremost, we believe that the joys of the simple life—dawn swims, family boating, the plink of berries into the bucket, mailboat skits, art in the outhouse, kerosene lighting, finding your way on ink-dark paths, wave lap at midnight—all create the bond with the natural world that is the foundation of conservation behavior.

While at Three Mile Island, we support conservation efforts through:

  • Nature and island culture programs for children and adults
  • Participation in hearings to advocate for boat speeding limits
  • Hosting presentations by the Loon Preservation Committee, Squam Lakes Natural Science Center, and the Lakes Region Conservation Trust
  • Encouraging campers to live lightly on the land through minimal use of electricity, use of composting toilets, low impact boating
  • Trails maintenance on conservation properties around the lake
  • Encouraging families to enjoy each other and the natural landscape through swimming, playing, kayaking and sailing, treasure hunting, making music, painting, writing poetry, campfiring, and deeply breathing together

Supporting Lakes Region Initiatives

Three Mile Island committee members, croo and campers are committed to preserving Lake Winnepesaukee and New Hampshire's other lake environments. We support the conservation efforts of the following organizations and collaborate with them in their efforts to encourage land protection, low impact recreation, lake management, and wildlife protection in New Hampshire's Lakes Region.

Read on for an article about cultivating children's relationship to the natural world, Beyond Ecophobia: Reclaiming the Heart in Nature Education, by David Sobel.