Of Interest

September 10, 2020 Of Interest

What is ecotourism?

At our Cumberland Plateau farm we have dual goals of profitability and environmental restoration. We’ve been working with the Southeastern Grasslands Initiative to restore native landscapes including savannahs. We believe that the restoration of habitat will bring native wildlife, enhancing the value of our property. As it turns out, the Chinese are also trying to […]

August 27, 2020 Of Interest

Florida Python Removal

Florida has had a python problem for years. The huge reptiles are a threat to native species throughout the Everglades… Government agencies have tried various means to control and even reduce the population, with varying degrees of success. Now, they’ve hit a milestone. As of August, they have overseen the removal of 5000 pythons. Read […]

August 25, 2020 Of Interest

Great White Shark Breach in South Africa

I spend a good deal of my time exploring nature, researching and cultivating it. I share the wildlife and plant life on my Cumberland Plateau farm and the farming techniques we deploy to enhance native vegetation and wildlife. But today, I need to share this. This massive great white shark leapt 15 feet in the […]

August 13, 2020 Of Interest

Numerous US Citizens Receive Unwarranted Seeds in the Mail | Chinese Brushing Scam

In the last few weeks, hundreds, maybe thousands, of people received seeds in the mail. They came from China. Agronomists across the country were horrified. What if the seeds contained invasive species, what if they carried a contaminate that would hurt crop production? What, what, what in the world? People were urged to turn the […]

August 6, 2020 Of Interest

Protection of Wildlife Through Grants

The National Fish and Wildlife Federation knows for a fact what all of us who love the Cumberland Plateau Natural Resources feel —it’s a special place worthy of protection. They’ve awarded seven grants in four states totaling $1.3 million. Matching grants will more than double the investment. Read more here.

July 30, 2020 Of Interest

Water Monkeys: Invasive yet Eco-Friendly

In a world where everything stays where it’s supposed to… who am I kidding? There’s no such world. Mussels attach themselves to ships then invade the Great Lakes. People let all manner of turtles, snakes and other animals loose in local water bodies—in the Everglades! They are invasive species and they do a lot of […]

July 16, 2020 Of Interest

Job Cuts by David Zwirner

I am an art lover. We have art on the farm and I’m the president of the Bass Museum in Miami Beach. The farm art supports artists who require large spaces for their work (you can see some of it on the CoalCreek.farm website.) The art industry is often thought of as catering to the […]

July 10, 2020 Of Interest

Returning Elk Brings New Economic Hope to Kentucky

I’ve been a big proponent of Eco-tourism for years, as the pros clearly outweigh the cons Coal Creek Farm is located on the Cumberland Plateau. It’s the heart of biodiversity in the U.S. We already have abundant natural resources including beautiful, navigable rivers and creeks, opportunities for bird watching, hiking and much, much more. We’ve […]

July 2, 2020 Of Interest

How to Protect the Everglades

The District is beginning its update process for the Northern Everglades and Estuaries Protection Plan. People who care about these natural resources can provide comments, ideas and suggestions for the South Florida Water Management District staff to consider. While the Comprehensive Everglades Protection Plan includes initiatives for the region, these specialty plans give us the […]