Fred Stanback to receive honorary membership in American Society of Landscape Architects

Published 12:00 am Friday, June 16, 2017

Conservationist Fred Stanback Jr. will receive an honorary membership in the American Society of Landscape Architects.

Stanback, a Salisbury native, has worked to conserve of many of North Carolina’s iconic landscapes, particularly the Blue Ridge Parkway.

He has also collaborated with the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission, N.C. State Parks, and Pisgah and Nantahala national forests to expand their land holdings within the Blue Ridge Parkway. More than 62,000 acres has been conserved through these partnerships over the past two decades.

Born into the Stanback Headache Powder family, he invested his part of the proceeds from the sale of his family’s business to help protect landscapes along the Parkway for years to come.

Stanback also worked closely with the Catawba College Center for the Environment, helping establish a nature preserve on campus as well as financially supporting Catawba’s Environmental Stewards and Scholars Scholarship Program, the 2015 landmark solar project and several other projects.

Stanback’s nomination for honorary membership of the American Society of Landscape Architects was supported by letters from Mark Woods, superintendent of the Blue Ridge Parkway; John Wear, associate director of the Center for the Environment at Catawba College; D. Reid Wilson, executive director of the Conservation Trust for North Carolina; and Bill Holman, state Director of the Conservation Fund.