Board and Staff

Carlton's Pisgah Story

My Pisgah story starts in the middle of a trout stream. While attending UNC Asheville, I discovered a keen interest in exploring Pisgah with a fly rod in hand. I had many close encounters with native brook trout, “specs” as the locals call them, and I also came to know the native streamside flora, particularly the mountain laurel and hemlocks that are much easier to catch than trout!

My wife and I enjoyed our first visit to Pisgah in a tent near Graveyard Fields, and we have since settled our family in the Mills River Valley, where we can see Mt. Pisgah from our ridgeline on a clear day. We feel blessed to live surrounded by the rich heritage of mountain music, crafts, agriculture, and natural beauty.

I’ve lived in the shadow of Pisgah for over 20 years now, graduating from UNC Asheville, launching Curtis Wright Outfitters retail stores and guide service, managing the Cradle of Forestry in America Interpretive Association that operates multiple recreation areas in Pisgah, and launching RIP In Peace, a lifestyle and apparel brand that celebrates the many outdoor activities that help us find our rhythm.

I believe The Pisgah Conservancy offers a unique opportunity to protect and nurture this beautiful landscape for present and future generations. I hope many will support TPC, giving back to the public lands that have given so much to us.