The Mountaineers Foundation has always been rooted in conservation and protecting our environment. The Foundation’s first President, Jesse Epstein, attended the 1972 United Nations Conference on human environment held in Stockholm, Sweden as an official representative of The Mountaineers Foundation. The sixth point of the conference declaration proclaims: “A point has been reached in history when we must shape our actions throughout the world with a more prudent care for their environmental consequences. Through ignorance or indifference we can do massive and irreversible harm to the earthly environment on which our life and well being depend. … For the purpose of attaining freedom in the world of nature, man must use knowledge to build, in collaboration with nature, a better environment.