The Southern Highlands Reserve

``Southern Highlands Reserve is a native plant arboretum and research center dedicated to sustaining the natural ecosystems of the Blue Ridge Mountains. We accomplish this mission through the preservation, cultivation and display of plants native to the region, and by advocating for their value through education, restoration and research. Located in Western North Carolina at an elevation of 4500 feet, the varied topography and forest types found on our 120 acres allow us to emulate many of the plant communities found in the higher reaches of the Southern Appalachians.``

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These forests have been, and remain threatened due to impacts from human activities (including residential development, recreational development, and historic land use for logging or grazing), non‚Äźnative insects (especially the balsam woolly adelgid), air pollution, and natural factors such as insects, isolation, and climate. Indeed, this habitat is listed as the second most endangered ecosystem in the United States (Noss et al. 1995).

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