Meet the Staff

Ben Prater to serve as Director of Conservation

Dear friends, supporters, and colleagues: For the past four years, Ben Prater has served as the Associate Executive Director of Wild South. It is my pleasure to announce that he will be transitioning into a new position here at Wild South – Director of Conservation. As you are aware Wild South has undergone a significant…

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From the Desk of Pat Byington

To all Wild South-ers, I am humbled and honored to serve you all as the Executive Director at Wild South. As the Tennessee Wild Campaign Coordinator, I was able to witness the many strengths inside our organization, most importantly YOU. Our supporters are the heart and soul that drive us to fight for public lands…

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Executive Director

Pat Byington (205) 999-7655 pat@wildsouth.org Pat Byington brings more than 25 years of conservation and public lands experience and accomplishments to Wild South.  As Executive Director of the Alabama Environmental Council (formerly the Alabama Conservancy), Byington doubled the organization’s membership and increased its operating budget nearly ten-fold. As director of one of the state’s oldest…

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Welcome Our New TN Wild Director- Pat Byington!

We are pleased to welcome Pat Byington as the new Tennessee Wild Director! Jeff Hunter has been an incredibly strong leader and advocate for Tennessee Wilderness, and will be missed by us all. But Pat has the character, the leadership and the experience to jump right in to fill Jeff’s shoes and the Coalition could…

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TN Wild Campaign Director

Jeff Hunter jeff@wildsouth.org A passion for the outdoors led me on a journey 12 years ago to walk the Appalachian Trail from Georgia to Maine. From that point on, I have worked to get people out and explore the many wild places that our country has to offer. Over the past four years, I have…

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Alabama Program Manager

Mark Kolinski 256-974-6166 canyonman@wildsouth.org Joining Wild South in February, 2006, I was charged with heading up the organization’s canyon survey program, which was designed to locate and document areas within the Bankhead National Forest that are eligible for protection under the Forest Service’s new canyon prescription.  This management classification originated in the 2004  Revised Land…

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Outreach Coordinator

Janice Barrett 256-974-6166 janice@wildsouth.org Growing up in rural northwest Alabama in the 1950’s and 60’s, going to the “mountains” is what our family did for outings.  Our “mountains” are the foothills of the southern Appalachians, the Warrior Mountains of the Bankhead National Forest.  Providing my sisters and themselves with cheap entertainment by following creekbeds through…

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Development Director

Ben Colvin 828-258-2667 ext.3 ben.colvin@wildsouth.org I am a native of Birmingham and grew up exploring Alabama’s mountains, rivers and towns. Hiking the forests of the Bankhead NF and Oak Mountain and paddling the Locust and Mulberry Forks, Clear Creek, Hurricane Creek and the Cahaba River cemented my love of the outdoors, of wildlands and wildlife…

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Cultural Heritage Director

Lamar Marshall 828-258-2667 lamar@wildsouth.org Lamar Marshall is a long-time outdoor conservationist and member of the Echota Cherokee Tribe of Alabama. He grew up in central Alabama hunting, fishing and camping.  A founder of the Southeastern School of Outdoor Skills, he has taught thousands of students since 1991. He also taught homesteading and organic gardening courses…

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Director of Conservation

Ben Prater 828-258-2667 ext. 2 ben@wildsouth.org I was born and raised at the foot of the Blue Ridge in upstate SC. I spent much of my childhood exploring the wonders of nature and learned to appreciate our connection to the land. I moved to NC during my college years and graduated from Catawba College with…

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