In the Community
engaged and involved
We believe in giving back to the communities we work, live and play in.
MESCO’s own Mike Trew, is the President of the Boone Climber’s Coalition (BCC) and Northern Mountain Representative and Board Member of the Carolina Climbers Coalition (CCC).
“We’ve been working with both the National Forest Service and the National Park Service for years on mitigating our impact to the climbing areas we frequent that they manage. It’s taken years but we have developed a very solid relationship with them so much so that now they contact us when they see a need for our expertise and help in sustainability.
That was the case in this project. My friend, Kristian Jackson, who teaches trail sustainable construction and management at Appalachian State University was approached by the NFS to perform a project at one of our climbing areas called “The Dump”. I had already met with the NFS so he asked me to help him come up with a Master Plan.
I’ve developed a good relationship with the Town of Boone. We’ve adopted a climbing area on their property. We added anchors, performed a clean up project, designed a sign and I have Kristian’s class lined up to do a sustainable trail design and installation.
I also worked with Alexander County to convert an old quarry into a climbing area (Rocky Face). The County Commissioners tasked the Economic Development Director with this project and he reached out to the CCC for help. Since this was in my area I coordinated a rebolting project and assisted the County in promoting the resource. It has become a popular climbing area as well as a community park.
Currently I’m working on a new climbing area in western Watauga County. The CCC purchased 54 acres and obtained a recreational easement on 2 acres. I coordinated easements and sustainable trail construction to the 54 acres. We’ve obtained permits to construct a parking lot and are shopping for a contractor to build it. With this project I’m most excited and proud of our acquisition of the recreational easement. I see this as the future in recreational opportunities on the east coast where so much of the property is privately owned.”
~ Michael P. Trew PE, Senior Engineer
WAYS THAT WE ARE ENGAGED AND INVOLVED IN OUR COMMUNITIES
Tutor and volunteer for elementary grade students
Elementary School Grade Dad (4 years)
Arbor Day Foundation Member
Oakwood Cemetery Volunteer Maintenance Club
North Carolina Climbers Coalition – Board Member
Youth Skiing – Volunteer Coach
Young Life Leader (Mentor to High School Kids)
Watauga County Habitat for Humanity Member
Preservation North Carolina
Watauga County Habitat for Humanity (Former Board Member of Construction Committee)
Carolina Climbers Coalition Board (Northern Mountain Representative)
Boone Climbers Coalition (President)
Preservation of Wilson
City of Wilson Historic Preservation Commission 9 years (6-years chairman)
City of Wilson Landscape Ordinance Committee
City of Wilson Minimum Housing Code Committee
City of Wilson Land Use Plan Committee