Anita has roots in North Carolina going back to the early 1960’s. She spent part of her career in other areas of the US prior to settling in Asheville in 2003. Anita had the privilege of working as a biologist with the US Fish and Wildlife Service’s (Service) habitat restoration and conservation programs. She worked in eastern NC, on four National Wildlife Refuges in central Louisiana and eastern Mississippi, in central Alaska, and lastly in western NC and north Georgia. Anita helped established in 2015 Mountain Bogs National Wildlife Refuge, the first in WNC. In 2019, she retired from the Service.

Anita began working on stream and bog restoration and protection with Carolina Mountain Land Conservancy (now Conserving Carolina) in 2004. She continues working part-time as a restoration ecologist. When she isn’t working or volunteering to raise funding for restoration and conservation, she enjoys spending time with friends and family in and along the streams of western North Carolina.

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