Welcome to Coal Creek Farm’s Biodiversity Study

March 9, 2023 Blog Environment

Welcome to Coal Creek Farm’s Biodiversity Study

The Southeastern Grassland Institute has been conducting an inventory, a biodiversity study of the plants and animals on Coal Creek Farm on the Cumberland Plateau. Beyond the biodiversity study a variety of experts have been advising George Lindemann on controlled burns, pest management, forest botanical preservation and so much more. The results of the study are fascinating. More exciting, during the course of it, new species of plants and animals have been discovered. We’ve shared some of that before, but we think it bears repeating. To provide context Coal Creek encompasses 5,277 acres of 22 diverse habitats and 599 plant species and 663 animal species which we’ll be describing for you over the coming weeks. We hope you’ll enjoy the process of discovery as much as we have.

Recent posts

April 27 2023 Blog Environment

The Management Recommendations for Improvement

April 25 2023 Blog Environment

Grasslands are gone, too.

Some scientists estimate that native grasslands have declined by as much as 99 percent. By some estimates, this resulted in three billion fewer birds on the landscape than 50 years ago. This has harmed both the eastern meadowlark and the bobwhite which are both found on Coal Creek.

April 20 2023 Blog Environment

Landscapes like people get stressed.

Historically, open savannas and woodlands were largely maintained by periodic fire, which served to remove dense blankets of accumulated leaf litter from the ground and promote the growth of fire-adapted trees, such as shortleaf pine. Due to the loss of periodic fire, it is estimated that at least 90% of shortleaf pine-oak savanna has been lost.