Dr. Barry Beasley, Executive Director of the Katawba Valley Land Trust since December 2010, retired at the end of 2017. Barry led the organization through a period of growth, expanded land protection activities, and improved management capabilities.
“We were very fortunate indeed when Barry agreed to become our director,” stated Mark Grier, President of the land trust. “Finding a leader with the experience and skills that Barry possesses was quite a coup for our small land trust.” “I have very large shoes to fill”, said new executive director Dick Christie.
Barry brought a wealth of capabilities to the position. He has a wide network of contacts and friends that has helped KVLT in its work with state and federal agencies and other conservation organizations and allowed Barry to create a popular series of lectures of outstanding speakers. His skills as a group facilitator and leader, his knowledge of land conservation techniques, his strong organizational skills, and his ability to clearly state and share our message with the public have been invaluable to the continued growth and development of the land trust. KVLT is very grateful that Barry Beasley has provided exceptional leadership over the past seven years.
Barry has not left KVLT entirely, as he joined the Board in 2018. May be you will see him see him at the Spring Bird Count or at the Forty Acre Rock Spring Hike in 2018.