About Project Conserve

Member Profiles


Justin Young
RiverLink - Assistant Volunteer Coordinator
Justin was born in Raleigh, North Carolina. He attended school at Appalachian State University where he studied Sustainable Development. During his degree program he helped create the first Homegrown Film Festival. It showcased many of the local environmental non-profits through student documentaries. He also traveled to Peru where he took part in researching the effects of climate change on glacial retreat in the Andes. After receiving his BS in 2013 he joined the Maryland Conservation Corps. During his year of service he spent a lot of time handling raptors and reptiles, guiding paddling adventures and challenge course team building activities, as well as felling trees and removing invasive species. After MCC Justin returned to WNC for his first year with Project Conserve where he served as the Volunteer Coordinator for RiverLink. He had such a fulfilling first service term that he decided to do it all again! He is excited to return for a second year so he can plan bigger and better events, host collaborative river cleanups, and create some more great imagery for RiverLink. He is also looking forward to exploring all the hiking trials and breweries that he missed during his first year in Asheville!
Hallie Zeedik
Town of Lake Lure - Trails Coordinator
Hallie grew up in the suburbs of Indianapolis, Indiana. She attended John Herron School of Art and Design at IUPUI, where she explored her passion for nature through the fine arts with a major in photography. After college Hallie spent much of her time traveling, exploring across the United States and other countries while emerging herself in various cultures and landscapes. Hallie quickly grew a passion for Appalachian Mountains and engaged in volunteer projects throughout the region. It soon became clear that conservation was the next step in her life's journey. Working with non-profits such as the Appalachian Trail Conservancy (ATC) and Southern Appalachian Wilderness Stewards (SAWS), Hallie has helped maintain and improved trails, public lands and Wilderness Areas throughout the Appalachian Mountains from North Carolina to New York. Hallie's passion for Western North Carolina took hold the summer of 2015 when she maintained a series of Wilderness areas throughout the region. Being stationed in Pisgah Forest at the Cradle of Forestry, she grew a deep connection and appreciation for the lands and those who work to protect and maintain them. Hallie's career took her to the Tennessee side of Great Smokey Mountains National Park where she maintained trails for the Park Service. As amazing as The Smokies are Hallie missed the lands and community of WNC. She is excited to be back, serving in the foothills of the mountains as Trails Coordinator for the Town of Lake Lure and Rutherford County where she will be helping to expand and improve the growing trail system and community connection to public lands.