Faces of Conservation

Evan Raskin

Preserve Management Stewardship Assistant (Asheville)

I grew up in Celo, North Carolina, at the foot of the Black Mountains. I left North Carolina to attend Haverford College, receiving a B.S. in biology. After graduating, I worked as a research associate in the Duke University Biology Department, and spent several months doing field work in the Rockies. I moved back to the mountains in August of 2011, after spending the summer working on my friends’ organic farm in Maine.

When not in the office or in the field, I like to ride and tinker with bicycles, play soccer, read, identify & photograph wildflowers, and make delicious things to eat.

Year started at TNC: September 2011. I am in my second 11-month AmeriCorps term in this position.

Favorite TNC Preserve and why: I couldn’t possibly choose a favorite. Each of the preserves in the mountains has different things that make it special. I look forward to visiting preserves in other parts of the state (and the country).

A typical good day for you at work: Visit a less-traveled preserve, take care of any pending action items, look at maps, explore, find some cool plants, not encounter ANY invasive plants or poison ivy, take pictures, expand our knowledge of the preserve.

Place in the world you would most like to visit but have never been to: Again, impossible to choose.

*BONUS* For a look at some of Evan's pictures, click on the "Photos" tab at the top of this page and check out the albums on our Facebook page:

Big Yellow Mountain in November

Gray's Lilies in the Roan Highlands
Trillium Flowers in Hickory Nut Gorge
Wildflowers at Bluff Mountain
Bat Cave Preserve Wildflowers


Evan Raskin

Preserve Management Stewardship Assistant (Asheville)

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