Leadership

Two non-profit organizations, the Blue Ridge Conservancy (BRC) and High Country Pathways (HCP) have joined together to lead this effort. BRC brings land protection expertise, administrative and financial support, and is well connected within the community. HCP brings a focus on increasing regional recreational assets and a passionate task force of individuals that are committed to this project.   

Many partners are joining together to make the MFG a reality, including Watauga County and the Towns of Boone and Blowing Rock, land owners, including Appalachian Regional Healthcare Systems and the Blue Ridge Parkway, and local community groups, including Boone Area Cyclists and High Country Recreation.  Funding partners to date include the Watauga County Tourism and Development Authority, Appalachian District Health Department, Blowing Rock Tourism and Development Authority, Town of Boone, Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation, Clean Water Management Trust Fund, Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina, Appalachian Ski Mountain, Mast General Stores, NCDOT, ZAP Fitness, Tweetsie Railroad, Watauga County Community Foundation, BREMCO, and many other generous donations from private individuals and businesses across the High Country. Click here to see more about donations. 

 

Middle Fork Greenway Project Director

Wendy Patoprsty

 

Middle Fork Greenway Executive Committee

Sub-committee of BRC Board oversight and project execution


Ann Browning

Anne Burgess

Walter Clark

Debbie Covington

Bill Hall

John Lanman

Wendy Patoprsty

Zika Rea

Middle Fork Greenway Task Force

Community outreach and volunteer engagement


Lance Campbell

Ben Edwards

Joan and Dick Hearn

Roger and Kay Landis

Doug May

Rob Mendel

Judith Phoenix

Virginia Powell

Eva Rand

Ray Russell

Barbara Whitener

Sterling Whitener

Middle Fork Greenway Leadership Council

Strategic counsel, government relations and fund raising support


John Aldridge

Hanes Boren

Bob Hambright

Susan Hambright

Jim Steele

 

 
Kay Landis, Roger Landis, Joan Hearn, Bill Hall, Dick Hearn, Ann Browning, Walter Clark, Scout, John Lanman, Wendy Patoprsty, Doug May, Anne Burgess (Ben Edwards, Lance Campbell, and Judith Phoenix not pictured).

Kay Landis, Roger Landis, Joan Hearn, Bill Hall, Dick Hearn, Ann Browning, Walter Clark, Scout, John Lanman, Wendy Patoprsty, Doug May, Anne Burgess (Ben Edwards, Lance Campbell, and Judith Phoenix not pictured).

 

 

Blue Ridge Conservancy 

Board of Trustees


Ann Browning, Chair

Walter Clark, Executive Director

Ann Baker

Chris Bensen

Sonny Church

John Cooper

Susan Hambright

Cobb Milner

Meagan Phillips

Zika Rea

Larry Trivette

Steve Wylie

 

High Country Pathways

Board of Directors


John Lanman, Chair

Eric Gustaveson

Bill Hall

Rob Holton

Melissa Weddell

Eric Woolridge