Paul S Dickens is a graduate of the University of Tennessee who attended the National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS) Lander, Wyoming between high school and college. The NOLS experience, where Paul learned “leave no trace” and sustainability a generation before these values became mainstream, set a life course of professional and volunteer work.
In his paid work, Paul is an environmental, health and safety professional with experience in manufacturing, process industry and utilities. He is a professional engineer licensed in several states and a certified safety professional. He also has governmental affairs and industry trade group experience. Paul was an early champion of sustainability as a business value and competitive advantage. Paul’s professional work allows time and resources for volunteer work as an advocate for Wilderness. As an advocate for developing the current and next generation of volunteers and paid professionals to maintain and protect the Wilderness and Backcountry resources of the public lands.
Paul is a Forest Service C crosscut sawyer and consulting traditional tool trainer. He volunteers significant time with Appalachian Trail Conservancy affiliated trial clubs as well as with the Southern Appalachian Wilderness Stewards for Wilderness trail maintenance and crosscut sawyer training in Virginia and North Carolina. He is a 2012 graduate of the Wilderness Skills Institute.