I spent an entire summer thinking about the Blue Ridge Parkway in North Carolina. As part of a research position for The Conservation Fund, I was quantifying the importance of tourism for the local communities, then linking tourism to conservation of the gorgeous views the visitors came to see. As part of my work, I spent a handful of days on Waterrock Knob, taking photos and asking drivers to fill out surveys. It was impossible not to be captivated by the rows and rows of blue mountains stretching far into the distance.
Erika Zambello is a writer, birder, and photographer living and working along the Emerald Coast of Florida. She has a master’s degree in environmental management, where she specialized in ecosystem science and conservation. Her love of the outdoors was inspired by a childhood in Maine, where she returned for her National Geographic Young Explorer grant. In addition to Maine, she has lived in New York, France, Washington, DC, and North Carolina. Erika believes in the power of communicating conservation and exploration, which was the inspiration for One World, Two Feet. View all posts by Erika Zambello