“I am excited to expand the reach of the Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation farther into Virginia, and look forward to working with this experienced team,” Pearson said. “The Foundation has a solid track record of enhancing the Parkway.”
The Foundation launched the Trails & Views Forever program to repair and rehabilitate trails, overlooks, campgrounds and picnic areas along the entire 469-mile scenic route through Virginia and North Carolina. Unfortunately, the National Park Service continues to face shortfalls in funding to repair and maintain these areas that are sought out by millions of visitors each year.
In her new role, based in Roanoke, the Virginia native will support community outreach for the program and oversee efforts by the nonprofit’s Volunteer Corps.