Greg Miner receives Governor’s Volunteer Service Award

Published 12:27 pm Tuesday, April 19, 2022

The North Carolina Commission on Volunteerism and Community Service has presented the 2022 Governor’s Volunteer Service Award to Conserving Carolina’s submission for Polk County.

Conserving Carolina is thrilled to announce that Greg Miner, the founding member of the Kudzu Warriors Volunteers in Polk County, is a recipient of the Governor’s Volunteer Service Award. 

The Governor’s Volunteer Service Award honors people who have shown concern and compassion for their neighbors by making a significant contribution to their community through volunteer service. The award was created in the Office of the Governor in 1979.

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As a retired E.R. nurse, Greg Miner has been working with Conserving Carolina’s Southeast Stewardship Manager, Pam Torlina, to eradicate Kudzu from Norman Wilder Forest for more than 10 years. Greg was an influencing factor in the creation of the Kudzu Warrior volunteer team at Norman Wilder Forest from the start. Throughout the years, Greg has shown concern and dedication to conservation work, acting as a driving force and boots-on-the-ground in his quest to restore native habitat by managing Kudzu and other non-native invasive plants, making him an invaluable volunteer.

Conserving Carolina is a local land trust that has protected nearly 46,000 acres, primarily in Henderson, Polk, and Transylvania counties in NC. and the Landrum, SC area. The mission of Conserving Carolina is to protect, restore and inspire appreciation of the natural world. Join us at events, volunteer, or become a member at

Submitted by Pam Torlina