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 -and of my home. I left my native South to explore the wild west, graduating from the University of Montana with a focus on Environmental Psychology and Politics. But I was drawn to my home in Alabama and worked a few seasons at McDowell Environmental Center, a truly amazing experience. I returned to the West, earning a Master’s of Science in Environmental Studies from The University of Montana and have lived in Asheville permanently since 2007.
Wild South welcomed me as Development Director in January of 2011 and I am incredibly lucky to work with such dedicated and passionate environmental stewards – our staff AND members! As a hiker, paddler and advocate, I remain dedicated to educating others and protecting and loving our wild lands, wildlife and wild people!
Ben, I am a vol. with downtown after 5 with Warren stevenson. I would like to vol . with him at Moogfest. thanks . MIKE ZOLLO