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Lee Barnes, PhD

Professional Affiliate

Cell: 828.646.1593
Office: 828.694.1558
Fax:  828.694.1549
Email: Lee@sheelahclarkson.com

Lee Barnes brings a wealth of knowledge in a wide range of land-related topics. His professional expertise includes land evaluations, geology, soils, surface waters, mapping studies, small scale sustainable forest planning, solar analysis for road and house placement, and topographic analysis.  With a Masters degree in Horticulture Science and a PhD in Environmental Horticulture, Lee is an experienced naturalist and a professional well water dowser.  He also provides consultation services to landowners and developers on how to better manage their properties with environmental considerations in mind.    

Lee is the consummate outdoorsman.  He has hiked more than 4,500 miles, including the entire Appalachian Trail.  In 1994, he published Smoky Mountain Hiking and Camping: A Guide to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.  He has contributed to a number of professional periodicals including Permaculture Connection and Katuah Journal: the Environmental Newsletter of the Southern Appalachian Bioregion.  In addition, Lee  received the Southern Legacy Award for his commitment to saving Southern heirloom plants.  Lee has promoted permaculture through numerous presentations and served as a founding member of the Eastern Permaculture Teachers Association. 

Professional Background

  • Owner,  Land Stewardship Consulting
  • Author of Smoky Mountain Hiking and Camping: A Guide to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park
  • Contributing editor to Katuah Journal: the Environmental Newsletter of the Southern Appalachian Bioregion
  • Editor and Publisher, Permaculture Connection (1993-1995)
  • Recipient of the 2001 Southern Seed Legacy Award
  • Recipient of the 2004 Distinguished Alumni Award for Leadership Haywood, Waynesville, NC
  • Founding member, Easter Permaculture Teachers Association
  • President, Association for Regenerative Culture
  • B.S. in Biological Sciences, NC State University
  • M.S. in Horticulture Science, NC State University
  • PhD in Environmental Horticulture, University of Florida