Margaret Pings

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Peggy Pings, M.S.

Contact Information

West Virginia University
Division of Forestry and Natural Resources
PO Box 6125, Morgantown, WV 26506-6125

Telephone: (304) 293-7528
Fax: (304) 293-2441
Email: mpings@wvu.edu


M.S. (1997) West Virginia University, Recreation and Parks Management
B.S. (1988) West Virginia University, Landscape Architecture

Professional Employment

Peggy Pings is an Outdoor Recreation Planner and Program Manager of the WV Field Office of the Rivers, Trails, and Conservation Assistance Program of the National Park Service. This field office was created at WVU in August 1995 to provide more efficient support for community-based conservation projects in the Allegheny Mountain region.

The “Rivers and Trails Program” offers technical assistance to communities and non-profit organizations. We work outside of the National Parks, as an outreach program. We support the grassroots movement of community-based protection of those places that are important to local communities: nearby rivers, open space for the community, trails linking town & country, etc. We help communities turn their ideas into results, with a strong focus on public participation.

To request assistance on a project or to discuss an idea for a project please feel free to call or write.

Courses Taught

Research Interests

Peggy has been involved as a volunteer in rails-to-trails conversion projects, a state park foundation, a watershed project, a community center, a food cooperative, a skate park project, and resolving teen issues. She has a small family of husband and two sons. They like to travel, camp, canoe, swim, bicycle, and go to music & dance festivals. Ever since Peggy turned 30, improving the sense of community has become a priority in both her personal and professional life. She has found that voluntarism is the often the catalyst to action, as well as great experience for career development.

Peggy often provides resources to WVU students for their coursework, links students with service-learning projects or internships, and is a guest speaker in a number of classes.

Professional Affiliations

Selected Publications