Adam Taylor is the new manager of the Catawba Sustainability Center, which is situated on a 377-acre property in the Catawba Valley and is devoted to environmental education activities.

The center is a collaboration between Outreach and International AffairsVirginia Cooperative Extension, and Roanoke County.

Taylor comes to Virginia Tech from the West Virginia Farmers Market Association, a statewide organization in West Virginia, where he worked to support and grow West Virginia’s local food economy through project development and management, stakeholder outreach, and policy change.

Taylor also carried out a two-year assignment with the Peace Corps as a forestry Extension agent in Zambia and a yearlong internship on author Barbara Kingsolver’s 100-plus-acre organic farm, highlighted in the book “Animal, Vegetable, Miracle: A Year of Food Life.”

A native of Tazewell, Virginia, Taylor earned his bachelor’s degree in environmental studies from Emory and Henry College in 2008 and a master’s degree in agriculture from Oklahoma State in 2014.

One of the projects that Taylor will oversee at the Catawba Sustainability Center is a wetlands restoration project, which recently received a $15,000 grant from the Dominion Foundation.

The center, in collaboration with Virginia Tech and Wetland Restoration and Training, plans to do three things:

  • restore at least three wetlands in an effort to enhance a biologically diverse habitat for sensitive and endangered plant and animal species
  • improve water quality of Catawba Creek
  • train professionals in wetland design and restoration using techniques that can be replicated to restore wetlands in diverse environments.

Taylor replaces Josh Nease, who was named Radford University's sustainability manager in August.

Written by Melissa McKeown.

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