The property that Landmark Learning occupies has been designated with a Steward Forest plan in efforts to enhance its land health and promote ecological studies in our area. Naturalists agree that the rich biological diversity makes this one of the best regions in the world for outdoor research.
In the summer of 2000 the newly purchased property was explored as an internship project by a student from Penn State. The boundary line was rediscovered and marked, and the study for its Forest designation began. A number of Foresters were consulted to evaluate the health of the land and its potential future uses. When we met one who said "not good for timbering" we asked him to elaborate and design a 20-year plan for our land management, and forest habitat and health enhancement. The Landmark Steward Forest was designated in 2001.
Landmark now has the beginnings of an extensive trail system in place. The devastation of the southern pine beetle (2004) and our subsequent tree felling has enhanced the ground cover and soil. Brush piles built from the piney boughs are protection for our wild birds and ground animals. We are home to the myriad beasties, crawlies, and things that swim and fly that are endemic to the Great Smoky Mountains. Be sure to travel at night with a headlamp! For more information on wildlife in the Smokies, click here.
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