Up Close With Ferns

Ferns are delicate, easy to overlook, non-flowering, often avoided – and many of them are critically rare. They can be daunting to learn, but in time they are easily recognized by habitat, substrate, color, texture, size, etc. The point of this posting is simply to draw your attention to the beauty, intricacy, similarity and differences of ferns rather than go through the litany of ferns you will see in the Blue Ridge, Foothills, and eastern US.

Billion Gallon Beavers

Lets talk beaver. Beaver dams. Water Retention. Complete natural areas alteration. Billions of gallons of water – all largely missing today.

Why would beaver be important? You probably have lots of other worries, but in the face of global warming and increasingly severe regional droughts, we should want more, not less water – and beavers are nature’s ultimate water-cooler braggart. We desperately need them doing their jobs again.

A Site is Born – Thanks to Blue Dozen

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First of all – a huge thank you to Blue Dozen Design for the website upgrade!

Blue Dozen pulled up immediately in my first Asheville NC website design, and they responded within 15 minutes about a website hack I’d discovered. When I read their bio’s however, I knew it was destiny. It turns out we all attended Savannah College of Art & Design (SCAD) in 1989-1991 before I transferred to UNC Asheville to study Ecology and they stayed to graduate and pull up the pants on the World of Art.   Turns out Leigh and I were friends at SCAD but lost touch when I left.

Blue Dozen not only updated MTS’s 1956 era website – but they helped produce content, imagery, and flow that we couldn’t.   Fact:  we’re biologists, conservationists, foresters, and nature freaks.  They are web professionals, and I think the website shows it. James Gaffney and Leigh Munro are not only web-czars, but they will frame, word, picture, phrase, and offer your services with methodology and humor that you are too close to your business to have.

Thanks so much James & Leigh – post #1 is for you and your awesome work.