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Worried About Wolves

Desert Secret

Restoring Southern Conifers

A Lesson From the Past

STANDING TALL: A Historic Inn Surrounded by Big Trees


Worried About Wolves

Gray Wolf

Credit: Ellie Attebery (OnyxDog86)/Flickr

After being extinct in the region for decades, Wyoming’s gray wolf population has stabilized since its reintroduction in the mid 1990s, but the animals are now facing another danger. As protection of the wolves shifts from the federal government to the responsibility of the state, the new management plans are being questioned, as they might put the wolves at risk again.

Join our discussion about the gray wolf.

 

 

 


Desert Secret

Bosque Cottonwood

Credit: Elisa Quigley

Where can you find 500 species of animals and flowering cottonwood trees bordering a river in the middle of a desert? This rich habitat is called a bosque, and in the U.S., it’s almost always found in the Southwest along the Rio Grande. Unfortunately, this type of environment is being threatened, so every part of the community — from school children to the U.S. Army — is helping to preserve the bosque.

Uncover the hidden beauty of the bosque.

 

 


Restoring Southern Conifers

Longleaf pines

Credit: American Forests

Longleaf pines, a once heavily abundant species in the southeastern U.S., have been harvested away to a fraction of their acreage in the past 400 years. More recently, their strong wood has made them victims in the building of bridges and other structural projects. The species living amongst the trees, such as certain birds and snakes, have also suffered as a result and are becoming endangered.

Discover our longleaf replanting efforts.

 

 


A Lesson From the Past

Tulum

Credit: Michelle Werts

Deforestation is not a new issue, relating only to industry and global expansion. The Mayans may have helped bring upon the decline of their own people by removing portions of Central America’s rainforests for agriculture and their growing population. Scientists have recently linked a drop in rainfall and drought during the Mayan period to deforestation.

See how similar the Mayans’ predicament is to our own.

 

 


STANDING TALL: A Historic Inn Surrounded by Big Trees

Hampton lake

Credit: High Hampton Inn

Hidden in the Blue Ridge Mountains is an inn recognized by the National Register of Historic Places. It has 15 miles of hiking trails, a 35-acre lake and daily afternoon tea. Oh, and one national championship-contender and six state champion big trees.

“The history and unique specimens concentrated on one property helps cultivate a nurturing feeling of longtime caring for the property and visitors.”
~Clifford Meads, general manager of High Hampton Inn & Country Club

Explore this mountain retreat.