I discovered Pisgah National Forest in 2004 when I transferred from Auburn University to Brevard College. The forest here played a huge role in my decision not only for the pristine wilderness, but because of the quality of rock climbing that is hidden within its beautiful canopy. Unlike the rugged peaks of the west, I found the mountains here to be calm and welcoming. I spent my first few years living here exploring the secret boulder gardens, learning to lead climb at Looking Glass, and finding solitude in Pisgah at a very pivotal time in my life. After having children, I continued to explore Pisgah in different ways: hikes to secret beaches and swimming holes, waterfall exploring, and sharing magical spots with my three girls. About 7 years ago, a friend introduced me to mountain biking which created a whole new realm of connection to this area. Being able to jump on a trail and get deep into the woods in just a couple of hours is a vital part of why so many people choose to live in this area. This is what brought me to The Pisgah Conservancy. The work that is being done on the ground in real time, the partnership TPC has forged with the NPS to support their work and management of our trail systems, and the mission to preserve the natural beauty and resources of Pisgah is crucial. I am honored to work alongside such passionate individuals to help in the mission of deepening our strong outdoor community’s connection to preserving the future of Pisgah National Forest.