Pamlico Tar Riverkeeper


Forrest English
[email protected]
(252) 946-7211

The Tar River begins as a freshwater stream in the Piedmont near Roxboro, rising east to meet the Pamlico River near Washington, N.C. to drain into the Pamlico Sound before meeting the Atlantic Ocean. Major tributaries in the upper basin include Swift, Fishing and Tranters creeks and Cokey Swamp, as well as Pungo River in the lower basin. It also includes Lake Mattamuskeet, at more than 18 miles long and 6 miles wide, it is the largest natural lake in the state and home to Mattamuskeet National Wildlife Refuge.

Forrest English brings a range of experience to the position, including previous work as a water quality technician, wildlife surveyor, deckhand on commercial fishing boats, and heavy equipment operator on watershed restoration projects. Most recently Forrest has worked with Klamath Riverkeeper and was the director of Rogue Riverkeeper, where he advocated for the health of river watersheds in the west. This includes experience with the design and implementation of water quality studies using community volunteers, and building relationships with local government and other non-profits. Forrest has previously lived in North Carolina while working on renewable energy and on small farms.He has previously had success and played key roles in coalition efforts to secure protections for native fish from gold mining, and that have, for over a decade, staved off a massive gas pipeline and export terminal that would cross hundreds of waterways in Oregon.An avid birder and sea kayaker, you can usually find Forrest paddling or hiking with binoculars nearby looking for birds.


108 Gladden Street
Washington, North Carolina 27889