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Volunteers

Communities are the cornerstone of conservation success. Connecting communities to their land and to each other is what Wild South is all about. Every year we'll find opportunities for hundreds of volunteers to give back to the land they love. Everyone is welcome. Honestly, Wild South's reputation for overcoming conservation challenges has more to do with the courage and contributions of the communities we serve. Get connected!  Contact Wild South today to find out how you can volunteer and make a difference!

Public Land Corps Crews

In close cooperation with the US Forest Service, young people interested in federal land management careers can get a head start through paid internships at Wild South. Under the national Public Land Corps program, participants work hard and train hard, building resumes while making a lasting difference on National Forest. The PLC age requirement is 18-30 (35 for veterans). Beyond that, diversity of all types is encouraged — including race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, and social-economic.  Contact Wild South today to find out more about Public Land Corps opportunities!

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HALLEY BURLESON

Business Development & Operations Coordinator,
Volunteer Coordinator for Unaka Mountain & the Nolichucky River

Halley is a marketing professional with an extensive background in Travel and Tourism.  As a board member of Blue Ridge Mountain Host ...
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JEN GRADY

Associate Director,
Volunteer Coordinator for Harper Creek & Lost Cove

Jen has led outdoor operations on the Pisgah National Forest since 2005.  From running wilderness crews to managing outdoor youth programs at Outward Bound, Jen has ....

Kevin Massey

KEVIN MASSEY

Executive Director,
Volunteer Coordinator for Linville Gorge & Wilson Creek

Kevin has volunteered on National Forest and other public lands since 1999. In 2014 he began coordinating volunteers in trail restoration and maintenance in ... 

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Board

Aaron Christensen

AARON CHRISTENSEN
Jonas Ridge, NC

President

Frank Pietras

FRANK PIETRAS
Jonas Ridge, NC

Vice-President

Lexee Zutz

LEXEE ZUTZ
Linville Falls, NC

Secretary

Forrest Frazier

FORREST FRAZIER
Bakersville, NC

Treasurer

Rebecca Wellborn Grant

REBECCA GRANT
Spruce Pine, NC

Corey Winstead

COREY WINSTEAD
Asheville, NC

“Conservation is the foresighted utilization, preservation and/or renewal of forests, waters, lands and minerals for the greatest good of the greatest number for the longest time.”

— Gifford Pinchot
Breaking New Ground