Blue Ridge National Heritage

Commission Details

Board Website 
Board Website
Long Name 
Blue Ridge National Heritage Area Act of 2003
Governor Appointments 
Total Board Positions 
Cite Name 
Cite Number 
Section 140(a) of the 2004 Interior Appropriations Bill
Term Length 
Pleasure of the Appointing Official
The purpose of this section is to foster a close working relationship with, and to assist, all levels of government, the private sector, and local communities in the State in managing, preserving, protecting, and interpreting the cultural, historical, and natural resources of the Heritage Area while continuing to develop economic opportunities. 25 Counties represented are: Alleghany, Ashe, Avery, Buncombe, Burke, Caldwell, Cherokee, Clay, Graham, Haywood, Henderson, Jackson, Macon, Madison, McDowell, Mitchell, Polk, Rutherford, Surry, Swain, Transylvania, Watauga, Wilkes, Yadkin, Yancey. Each member appointed by the governor must reside within one of the 25 counties; be a representative of State or local governments or the private sector; have knowledge of tourism, economic and community development, regional planning, historic preservation, cultural or natural resource development, regional planning, conservation, recreational services, education, or museum services.

Current Members

Member Name 
Appointment Date 
Term End Date 
Term Type 
Jesse Barry Pope, Jr. 3/26/2021 Pleasure of The GovernorMember
Grayson Lane Barnette 11/22/2022 Pleasure of The GovernorMember
Cathy Robbins 5/7/2013 Pleasure of The GovernorMember

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