Section Names Dr. Aram Attarian as New Conservation Ambassador
The ACC Southern Appalachian Section is pleased to announce that Dr. Aram Attarian has been named to serve as Conservation Ambassador for the section. Aram will replace Patrick Weaver, owner and chief guide of the Appalachian Mountain Institute, who has completed a two year tour in this critical role. Aram will be assisted by a Conservation Working Group comprised of volunteers drawn from across the section. Aram and the CWG will work with the AAC Conservation Committee Chair Ellen Lapham, Conservation Committee Sections Liaison Fred Glover, and the Section Chair to further implement these roles and the section’s conservation strategy, programs, and projects.
Aram is an Associate Professor in the North Carolina State University College of Natural Resources, Department of Parks, Recreation & Tourism Management. He also serves as Director of the National Association of State Park Directors-State Park Leadership School. Aram was involved in the early years of the Carolina Climbers Coalition, and has served on the CCC Board of Directors. He played a critical role in the CCC efforts to replace aging bolts at Carolina crags, and authored the Climbing Management Plan for Laurel Knob. Aram currently serves as a member of the AAC Safety Advisory Council and assists the editor of Accidents in North American Mountaineering.
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