A native of Charlotte, Peter is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He is the author of the book Hiking North Carolina’s Lookout Towers, and subsequently initiated the NC chapter of the Forest Fire Lookout Association, an organization working to restore and preserve historic fire lookout towers in western NC. An accomplished hiker and peakbagger, he has traversed all 900 miles of trails in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, reached the highest point in 40 U.S. states and all 100 North Carolina counties, and climbed the Adirondack 46ers, New England Highest Hundred, highest 500 summits in the Appalachian Mountains chain, and more than 1,600 peaks nationwide. Prior to getting his start in land conservation as an AmeriCorps Project Conserve member, he completed a thru-hike of the 2,181-mile Appalachian Trail in 2010.
As Conserving Carolina’s Trails Coordinator, Peter is passionate about developing a sustainable public trail network on conserved lands in the dramatic Hickory Nut Gorge. His design and project management of the 3-mile Wildcat Rock Trail received the national Coalition of Recreational Trails Achievement Award for outstanding Construction and Design in 2018. His design and project management were also recognized for the Weed Patch Mountain Trail and Eagle Rock Tunnel Trail by the Society of Recreational Planners at the National Outdoor Recreation Conference in 2018.
Peter also enjoys sharing his enthusiasm for Conserving Carolina’s land conservation projects through writing and public speaking. He has authored more than 60 “Stories of the Land” columns for the Hendersonville Times-News chronicling the human connection to protected lands.
In 2017, he was named the Rising Leader of the Year by the North Carolina Land Trust Council. Peter and his wife Allison live in Asheville.Back to Staff Back to Staff