Peter Barr Honored as Rising Leader of the Year by NC Land Trust Council

Peter Barr, Trails Coordinator at Carolina Mountain Land Conservancy (CMLC), was honored by North Carolina's 23 land trusts as the state’s 2017 Rising Leader of the Year. The NC Land Trust Council awards are given annually to individuals and organizations that lead efforts to protect the state's streams and lakes, forests, and trails that help provide safe drinking water, clean air, local foods, and abundant recreational opportunities to North Carolina families.

Barr has served in multiple roles at CMLC since joining its staff in 2010, including Communications and Outreach Coordinator and Program Coordinator of AmeriCorps Project Conserve. He now leads the organization’s sustainable trails and recreational lands program. For five years beginning in 2011, he authored more than 60 Stories of the Land columns —highlighting the deep human connection to conserved land--which appeared in Sunday editions of Hendersonville Times-News. He has also led more than 50 hikes on the land trust’s protected locales.

Seeking to facilitate connection of people directly to the land, his current role plans, designs, builds, and manages sustainable trails in areas protected by CMLC. Nearly 20 miles of new public recreational trails have been developed under Barr’s leadership since 2010, particularly in the Hickory Nut Gorge where he is heading an effort to implement an 80-mile trail network linking protected natural lands surrounding Chimney Rock State Park, Lake Lure, and Gerton.

The awards were announced last week at the annual North Carolina Land Trust Assembly at Hendersonville’s Kanuga Conference Center. Barr was nominated by Lynn Killian, CMLC’s Development Director.

“Peter’s love of the mountains is infectious and his passion is unbridled.  When you combine that with his impressive skill set, his expansive knowledge of conservation, and his willingness to work tirelessly to fulfill conservation successes, you get a future conservation leader par excellence,” said Killian.

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