Tools to Support Life

With escalating impacts on pollinators and other species, this page is designed to make you as powerful as possible. Some of these tools are links to other sites; some are documents I've created that look at landscapes a little differently. The links are from organizations worthy of support who have provided resources that make it easier to help the other critters in our yards. 


Western North Carolina (WNC) Progression of Blooms

This document is not the be-all-end-all of plant lists, but rather a blend of species that will provide pollinators with something to eat throughout the season. Most are native species, but some are not--while everything helps pollinators, some of these are also beneficial to birds, and the spreadsheet indicates the species most impacted by the plant listed with it. Plants in bold are especially beneficial. 


Audubon's Plant for Birds list

[from the website:] Bring birds to your home today by growing native plants. With Audubon's Native Plant Database, you can find the best plants for the birds in your area. Growing bird-friendly plants will attract and protect the birds you love while making your space beautiful, easy to care for, and better for the environment. Explore all of our native plant resources here.

Audubon has set up a printable list, specific to your zip code. 

Pollinator Partnership Ecoregional Planting Guides

[from the website:] Our ecoregional planting guides, Selecting Plants for Pollinators, are tailored to specific areas of the United States. You can find out which ecoregion you live in and get your free guide by entering your zip code below.

These guides are so well done that I suggest you download the one appropriate to your area, email it to your local Kinko's or UPS Store and have them bind it for you. 

The Economics of Insect Pollination

Many areas of modern agriculture depend on pollinators. Every season pollination from honey bees, native bees, and flies deliver billions of dollars (U.S.) in economic value. In many regards, they serve a key role in the global economy. But what is the real value of these important insects? If they were public companies, how would they stack up in the global marketplace?

Southern Appalachian Vitality Index

The Southern Appalachian Vitality Index (SAVI) categorizes the interwoven nature of humans and their natural, social, built, and economic environments. This approach to natural resource protection is designed to assist local governments, interest groups, and the public in identifying sustainable approaches to economic growth, healthy communities, and protected landscapes in the Southern Appalachian Mountains.

US Climate Resilience Toolkit -- 

Case studies and a whole lot more. 

USDA/US Forest Service Southern Research Station

Where to start for research on forest health and forest communities. 

Naturally Resilient Communities

[from the website:] Nature offers a powerful set of tools for addressing hazards like flooding and erosion. Nature-based solutions use natural systems, mimic natural processes, or work in tandem with traditional approaches to address these specific hazards. Communities across the country— along rivers or coasts, large or small, rural or urban— can incorporate nature-based solutions in local planning, zoning, regulations, and built projects to help reduce their exposure to flood and erosion impacts.

Explore over 50 solutions and case studies that can help your community become a Naturally Resilient Community. Filter by cost, region, hazards, and more.

Emerging Trends in Global Freshwater Availability

Freshwater availability is changing worldwide. Here we quantify 34 trends in terrestrial water storage observed by the Gravity Recovery and Climate Experiment (GRACE) satellites during 2002–2016 and categorize their drivers as natural interannual variability, unsustainable groundwater consumption, climate change or combinations thereof. Several of these trends had been lacking thorough investigation and attribution, including massive changes in northwestern China and the Okavango Delta. Others are consistent with climate model predictions. This observation-based assessment of how the world’s water landscape is responding to human impacts and climate variations provides a blueprint for evaluating and predicting emerging threats to water and food security.

Conservation & Green Burial

Preserve, protect, and renew the land with your burial.
Located in the Asheville area of Western North Carolina, Carolina Memorial Sanctuary is a conservation & green cemetery providing eco-friendly natural burials. Perpetual conservation of the environment is created as each burial becomes part of the living

Invasive Plants of Transylvania County

Invasive Plants of Transylvania County

Municipal Code on Invasive Plants, Brevard, NC

Visual images of plants specified as invasive-exotic species and therefore prohibited in new landscape installations.