Peter Barr

I credit AmeriCorps Project Conserve entirely for inspiring me to become the person I wished to become—someone who devotes their life to making this region a better place. During my service with Carolina Mountain Land Conservancy in 2010-11, ACPC exposed me to all facets of the environmental and land trust field—including how non-profits and land trusts operate, working with volunteers, showing people the joys of our natural world and why conserving our resources is so critical, writing and research, community outreach, trail building, team building…you name it. Following my service, ACPC led me to my dream job as Trails & Outreach Coordinator at CMLC—where I now split my time between building new hiking trails in the Hickory Nut Gorge and facilitating new public access among the natural treasures of our region, as well as sharing the excitement of CMLC’s conservation mission through print and online media, writing and storytelling, and direct member outreach on protected lands. ACPC not only enabled me to find my life’s calling, but also allowed me to form meaningful relationships with many other inspiring and selfless people dedicated to caring for western NC—friendships that I cherish to this day.