While we have your attention it is worth taking a moment to discuss the purpose of this website. Of course one of the more apparent goals of this website is to connect with potential and past clients. It is our proverbial stall in the internet cybermarket. What may not be so obvious, are our other goals.
We believe that what you do on and with your property is probably the greatest impact you will have on the earth in your lifetime. Nearly all our beautiful mountain and foothill lands bear the influences and impacts of their past human inhabitants. From arrowheads to logging chains, we can clearly see humanity was here, so to speak. And much of what we see is not so good. The earth is showing signs of depletion and degradation unprecedented in known history. It is currently estimated that 2700 species perish into extinction, what Gary Snyder called the “end of birth”, every year. Nearly 6 million acres of rain forest disappear to corporate logging each year, while topsoil, literally the skin of the earth, washes into the ocean damaging streams, rivers and estuaries along the way, at a rate of millions of tons per year. The point, although bleak, is not to create a mood of hopelessness, but rather to encourage action.
Because market capitalism bears so much of the responsibility for fouling our nest and disturbing the earth’s fragile ecological balance, it is appropriate that much of the responsibility for righting the ship falls on the same. We believe what Paul Hawken elegantly terms the restorative economy begins in part with education, it begins right here with you and us. So therefore the second purpose of this website is education. We want you to take your land management goals and expenses as seriously as you would the purchase of a car or home. We have found that most of those who have not previously inhabited rural land are “house-centric” and fail to calculate and factor in the cost of managing their properties. We want you to understand the hidden costs of poor land management practices – to understand that these hidden costs; the erosion, poor fertility, diminished property values, inferior timber stands etc., are borne by both the individual landowner and by the world as a whole.
Clients who are educated about right and wrong ways to accomplish their management goals, who understand the impacts of their various choices, will make better decisions, spend less money, and be happier customers. It is that simple. We will be doing our best to provide links, references, articles and workshops to that end. To some extent, because each piece of land is unique, we are learning as we go – we would like you to learn with us. A single company can make a small difference in changing the course of land and resource management but an educated customer base can have a great impact. Consumer choices drive the world economy. The economy determines the fate of our planet.
The third component of this website is partnership based service. One of the major problems of modern land management practices is the tremendous lack of communication between service providers on the same job, as well as highly variable quality. How often have we heard “well, the guys who paved the driveway did a good job. We just didn’t realize how steep it was when we put the road in”. Our goal is to provide our property owners with not only complete advice but complete service. Over the years we’ve worked with some of the most skilled, honest and reliable trades-people and service providers in the Southeast. We have found that the best way to insure that a well planned job is executed properly is to have service providers who work together regularly, who respect each others work, and maintain strict quality standards and also understand the broader objectives of the landowner. This sort of organization, though commonplace in the construction industry, is often lacking in land management practices. We call this vertical integration, and we believe it is essential to quality, cost savings and sustainability. Efficiency and organization are, in the end, conservation measures aimed at reducing the use of valuable resources and, consequently, costs.
We’d like you to think of this as a kind of resource guide. We hope it helps. Stay in touch.