Head of Conserving Carolina to speak at FENCE

Published 8:05 am Friday, October 14, 2022

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The Tryon Garden Club will host a presentation featuring Kieran Roe of Conserving Carolina titled “Protecting, Restoring, and Inspiring Appreciation of the Natural World in Polk County and Beyond: The Work of Conserving Carolina.” The presentation will take place at FENCE on Wednesday, Oct 19, at 5 p.m., and is open to the public


Kieran Roe is the Executive Director of Conserving Carolina, and before that he spent many years working with Carolina Mountain Land Conservancy (CMLC). He was the first full-time staff person hired by the organization. The merger of CMLC and the Pacolet Area Conservancy in July 2017 has helped the organization conserve a combined total of 45,000 acres in Henderson, Polk, and Transylvania counties, as well as parts of neighboring counties.

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Conserving Carolina has partnered with public agencies to create and expand places such as DuPont and Headwaters State Forests, Chimney Rock State Park, Green River Game Lands, and Pisgah National Forest. Roe has a BA in Anthropology and MLS in Library and Information Science from Rutgers University.


Roe will share the organization’s excitement around areas in Polk County and neighboring counties that are currently under conservation through Conserving Carolina. He will discuss protection, trails, greenways, and potential rails to trails, along with the most significant threats to the environment, such as development patterns and climate threats.  


The Tryon Garden Club members have been dedicated to the advancement of gardening and the protection of wildflowers, birds, and wildlife since 1928. They are the caretakers of Pearson’s Falls and other gardens in the area.  For more information on the presentation, please go to https://www.pearsonsfalls.org/about-tryon-garden-club.