Help Us Green-Light the Greenhouse
The forests of the Blue Ridge Mountains need your help. The second most endangered ecosystem in the United States, the high-elevation spruce-fir forests visible all along the Blue Ridge Parkway have battled decimation from logging, fires, pests, and climate change for more than 100 years. With red spruce (Picea rubens) as their keystone species, they are home to two federally endangered animals, the Carolina northern flying squirrel and the spruce-fir moss spider, as well as many other rare and threatened animals and plants. Southern Highlands Reserve is working with the federal government to make sure they do not disappear.
Southern Highlands Reserve has embarked upon the epic task of raising 50,000 new red spruce. More than 6,000 of our trees are already thriving on public lands in North Carolina, Tennessee, and Virginia, with an unprecedented 90 percent survival rate. To accommodate our increased propagation efforts, our new nursery facility will more than double our current capacity and add automated systems to increase efficiency and reduce our carbon footprint. Thanks to support from the National Forest Foundation, the U.S. Forest Service, and the Transylvania County Tourism Development Authority, we are on our way to our fundraising goal. But we need a community of friends and partners to help ensure our success. Please join us, and together, we can seed a new future for our forests and for generations to come.
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How You Can Help Us Green-light the Greenhouse
Donate and become part of a group working together to preserve and protect high-elevation spruce-fir forests. The backbone of ecotourism for our region, these forests are one of the most unique and biodiverse ecosystems on the planet. Your gift helps build a nurturing first home for the thousands of red spruce trees that will repopulate these forests. The new greenhouse will also support a variety of other native plants as a center for education, research, and inspiration unparalleled in our region.
Please Join Us
We invite you to join a partnership working to save one of the rarest forests in the United States. To discuss how you can help make this dream a reality, please contact Executive Director Kelly Holdbrooks at (828) 885-2050 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Southern Highlands Reserve is a nonprofit organization under the IRS code section 501(c)(3). All donations are considered a charitable contribution and are tax deductible.