Carol Mayes

Welcome to MAYES|WILSON & ASSOCIATES, LLC We are conservation consultants who assist individuals, land trusts, affinity non profits organization, government agencies, real estate brokers, and communities wishing to preserve land and water resources by:

  • Providing guidance on conservation actions including purchases, easements, compatible land use and ecological planning;
  • Providing assistance to land trusts and other non-profit organizations in: Organizational Assessments, organization and board development, land protection and stewardship, volunteer, communications and membership programs, strategic, succession, transition planning, strategic conservation and  protection planning;
  • Conservation Brokers Advantage, a service provided with associates, Laurel Florio, J.D., assists brokers in conservation transactions by assuring quality to industry standards.
  • Creating natural resource inventories and sustainable land use plans;
  • Researching and identifying appropriate properties worldwide for conservation buyers; and
    Providing specialized conservation assistance tailored to a client's needs.

Our extensive experience with conservation and land trust issues, both internationally and in the U.S, has formed the conservation and business philosophy we bring to every project. Essential components of our philosophy include:

  • A commitment to leverage our knowledge and experience to assist individuals, communities and organizations to achieve their conservation goals effectively and efficiently;
  • A personal belief in preserving the earth’s plants, animals and ecosystems services while enjoying recreational and appropriate compatible use of the land;
  • A belief that people, business and land conservation can be compatible;
  • A commitment to build our client relationships on competence, trust, cordiality and professionalism; and
  • A determination to provide exceptional, timely professional services and to be trusted advisors to our clients.

Carol Harris Mayes has more than 20 years of conservation experience. She is the founding Executive Director of The Nature Conservancy’s Virgin Islands and Eastern Caribbean Program and the former Director of Science and Stewardship for The Nature Conservancy’s North Carolina Chapter. She also has taught Biology in the U.S. and abroad and has served as a Sea Turtle Researcher for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and TNC.

Her keen love of natural history and appreciation for science was first inspired by her childhood. Growing up on a North Carolina dairy farm, she developed a strong land ethic, which is the cornerstone of her career today. She vowed to become a biologist at age 10, while watching a loggerhead sea turtle nest hatch at sunrise on a barrier island.

Carol earned a B.A. in Biology from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and a M.S. in Coastal Ecology from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington.

Throughout her career she has created and implemented myriad community conservation programs, which gave her the opportunity to identify premier natural properties, negotiate land purchases, design land stewardship and management policies and engage in fundraising. She enjoys working with landowners, community and corporate leaders, volunteers and land trusts to achieve conservation goals – and to protect the places people live in and love.

Carol is an expert at leading collaborative initiatives to success. Her vision and tenacity led to the creation of the Virgin Island Conservation Data Center and a region-wide conservation program for the Longleaf Pine Ecosystem. She is also a skilled fundraiser who has worked extensively with individuals, foundations, and state and federal agencies to generate funding for environmental protection.

Carol is a multi-generational landowner living on her family’s farm. She and her relatives are working to sustain family ownership and traditional forestry and agricultural practices. She is active in local and national conservation organizations, and is knowledgeable about ecosystems in the temperate and tropical Americas, Eastern and Southern Africa and Western Europe. She enjoys bird watching, sailing, and painting.

Contact Carol Mayes

Contact Carol Mayes

Mayes Wilson & Associates
17746 Caldwell Station Rd
Huntersville, North Carolina  28078-7099
Phone: (704)655-8727


Service Area

Statewide service provider in:
  • North Carolina