Cradle of Forestry

CRADLE OF FORESTRY — The Cradle of Forestry in America Interpretive Association has named a new executive director. Natalie Britt started in that role on Aug. 1.

PISGAH FOREST — The Cradle of Forestry in America Interpretive Association (CFAIA) is pleased to announce that Natalie Britt has been named executive director of the nonprofit, which is devoted to promoting educational, recreational and interpretive opportunities about forest and water resources, natural history and the Cradle of Forestry in America.

Britt recently served as the Executive Director for Palmetto Conservation Foundation, a nonprofit organization founded in 1989 with a mission to conserve South Carolina’s natural and cultural resources, preserve historic landmarks, and promote active outdoor recreation. She succeeds Carlton Murrey, who held the post for over seven years, solidifying the CFAIA into one of the region’s premier education and recreation partners for the USDA Forest Service.

“All of us at the CFAIA see an opportunity to grow our influence on outdoor education and recreation in the Southeast, and we are thrilled to have Natalie lead us in this next stage of our growth,” said Tad Fogel, Chair of the CFAIA Board of Directors. “I’m excited about this next step for our organization, and I can’t wait to see where we can go. Carlton has been a strong leader for us, and we wish him well as he explores new opportunities with J. Biance Financial.”

Britt’s hiring comes as the CFAIA explores strategic growth in public and private land education partnerships and grant programs, building on the successes of a thriving partnership with the USDA Forest Service in North Carolina, Georgia, and Indiana.

“I am honored to have the opportunity to lead the CFAIA,” Britt said. “We are poised to develop our vision and build on the momentum of the past seven years. I look forward to being a part of the effort to bring the CFAIA to the next level, making a positive difference for even more people exploring public and private lands for education and recreation.”

Britt brings with her the knowledge, experience and passion to promote visitor center services, outdoor recreation and interpretive programming for public and private lands. She received her degree from the University of South Carolina and has received numerous advocacy awards for her work in public policy and outdoor recreation. In her free time, Britt enjoys camping, mountain biking, hiking and backpacking. She started as Executive Director of the CFAIA on Aug. 1.

About the CFAIA: The Cradle of Forestry in America Interpretive Association (CFAIA) is a 501©(3) nonprofit organization based in Pisgah Forest, North Carolina with a mission to promote educational, recreational, and interpretive opportunities about forest and water resources, natural history, and the Cradle of Forestry in America. Formed in 1972, the CFAIA works with the US Forest Service and other partners to help people better understand ecology through recreation and education opportunities. The CFAIA manages visitor centers and recreation areas in North Carolina, Georgia, and Indiana, including the Cradle of Forestry Heritage Site (NC), Black Mountain Campground (NC), Brasstown Bald Visitor Center and Recreation Area (GA), Anna Ruby Falls Visitor Center and Recreation Area (GA), Morganton Point Recreation Area (GA) and Hardin Ridge Recreation Area (IN), as well as offers educational programming through the Pisgah Field School and curriculum materials through the National Inquirer Program.

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