Bob Gale, Ecologist and Public Lands Director

BobGinaction copyBob is the Ecologist and Public Lands Director for MountainTrue, where he has worked since 1998 providing scientific input on issues related to environmental protection of Southern Appalachian mountain forest communities. Bob’s work involves national forests and national parks, air and water quality, and rural lands protection. He heads MountainTrue’s non-native invasive species program.

Bob was educated at the University of South Carolina, where he received a B.S. in Geology and Biology. His special interest is botany, and he has spent his life working in fields related to this subject. He spent many years in the landscaping industry and as a certified arborist working in urban forestry. He also spent three years as Director of Field Operations in Wetlands Science for Ballantine Environmental Resources, Inc. in Hilton Head Island, SC, where he lived for 17 years. While on the coast, Bob studied Maritime Forest and Salt Marsh ecosystems and gave numerous hikes and presentations about these communities

Bob combined his love of nature and photography throughout the 80’s and 90’s as a freelance nature writer and photographer, and was published in local and national magazines. Upon moving to Asheville in 1996, he was one of four contributing authors of the Highroad Guide to the North Carolina Mountains (Longstreet Press), writing the natural history portions of the book. Bob has volunteered in environmental protection since 1976 and has chaired or founded three local Sierra Club groups in Columbia, SC, Hilton Head Island, and Asheville. He also served at the South Carolina Sierra Chapter and Sierra’s Appalachian Regional Conservation Council levels.

Current Related Activities: Asheville Tree Commission Volunteer; Buncombe County Land Conservation Advisory Board Member; Forest Restoration Alliance Board Member; Chair, Non-native Invasive Plant Committee of the Southern Appalachian Bog Learning Network; and North Carolina Forest Legacy Applications Review Committee.

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We value mountain communities that are vibrant, livable, and respectful of their connection to and dependence on the region’s natural environment.
We value the integrity of natural systems – air, land, water, and native plants and animals – and believe in protecting and restoring them for the benefit of all generations.

  1. 33rd Annual Big Sweep

    September 14 @ 8:00 am - September 20 @ 8:00 pm
  2. 5th annual Sarah Sweep on the First Broad River, self-shuttle required

    September 20 @ 12:00 pm - 6:00 pm
  3. MountainTrue University: Faith, Ecology & Race

    September 23 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
  4. E-bike Tour of Downtown Asheville

    September 26 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
  5. Moonlight Paddle on the Broad

    September 27 @ 8:00 pm - 11:30 pm