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.