Ecological impacts have been witnessed across the Southern Appalachians within the past 100 years -- logging, damming of rivers and streams, development encroachment, utility right-of-ways and roads, introduction of invasive plants, pests, and diseases, and the general degradation of air and water quality. Thanks to concerted efforts by botanic gardens, state and government organizations, and non-profits, we can work to recover these damaged ecosystems. The Southern Highlands Reserve recognizes the uniqueness of our location at 4300' elevation to help grow and provide native plants for research and restoration.