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Biodiversity of the Southern Blue Ridge
Wednesday, August 7 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pmFree
The southern Appalachian Mountains are one of the most biologically diverse regions in the temperate world. Biodiversity is extremely high in terms of both the variety of different species and the abundance of each species. Nearly 10,000 species are already known to exist here, with more discovered each year – some of which are new to science!
Some kinds of organisms, such as salamanders and fungi, reach their highest levels of diversity in the Southern Appalachians. Other diverse groups include trees, mosses, millipedes, spiders, moths, beetles, and snails. Many of these species are endemic to this region, found here and nowhere else in the world.
This talk is the third in our series on the cultural and natural history of our region and will focus on the plants, animals, ecosystems, and geography of the Southern Blue Ridge Mountains. Through narratives, pictures, and a question and answer session, we will explore the life found in our beautiful mountains.
Josh Kelly was born in Madison County, NC, and attended UNC Asheville, where he earned a BS in Biology. His career has included the identification and study of Old Growth Forests with the Southern Appalachian Forest Coalition and assisting WildLaw in the promotion of ecological restoration as the new paradigm of USDA Forest Service forest management. At MountainTrue, Josh monitors logging and development projects on public land and provides site-specific, scientific information promoting ecological restoration and preventing ecologically damaging management methods.
This series is offered at no charge, though donations will be collected for the speaker.
Nancy Dagley, the creator of this ongoing series, has been active in natural resource management for more than 25 years, focusing on native and non-native flora, and recently retired from the National Park Service.
Join us in the workshop at the Marshall Container Co. on Wednesday, August 7 at 6pm.