Climate Change In Appalachia

Whether we and our politicians know it or not, Nature is party to all our deals and decisions, and she has more votes, a longer memory, and a sterner sense of justice than we do.                                                                                                             -Wendell Berry

Climate Change Issues:
*Seasonal Water Extremes: Droughts, Floods and Forest Fires
*Gradual Temperature Changes and Zone Shifts
*Particular Seasonal and Weather Extremes: Plant Dormancy and Unreliable Frost Dates
*Bio-Diversity and Ecosystem Health (Salamanders, Trout, Herbaceous  Perennials, Hemlocks, Insect Pests etc…)
*Marginal Ecosystems in Danger (Spruce-Fir Plant Community)

Resilient Land Steward Practices
*Drought Resistant Plants
*Capturing and Storing Water: Earth-scaping Techniques
*Beneficial Micro-Climates
*Pollinator Support Gardens
*Disease and Pest Resistant Plant Varieties: Fungal Problems, Insect Migrations and Pest Populations, etc…
*Early and Late Flowering Fruiting Varieties
*Assisted Plant Migration Strategies
*Diversity of Plant Varieties/Cultivars, Seed Diversity, and Plant Breeding

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