Our fascination with nature started when we bought our first home. We wanted something different in the front yard besides a lawn. We wanted a carefree drought tolerant landscape that looked good and maintained itself. During the process of selecting plants, we discovered that plants grow perfectly in their native environment. They are like a piece in a puzzle, perfectly fitting the local climate, ecology, and sun exposure. When the plant is growing in it's natural place, it requires almost no care.
Fast forward to after visiting many national parks and natural places, we discovered how interconnected plant communities are with their ecosystems. Plants from the same community share resources through beneficial bacteria in the ground called mycorrhizal fungus. This allows them to get through stress periods. They also provide food and shelter for birds, animals, and insects. The plants, then depend on these same creatures to help the plants reproduce. Plants also are very depending on their climate, environment, soil type. For example, a shallow stream will be lined with a completely different pallet of plants than the dry rocky canyon walls towering over the stream. Nature without humans is a vast, complex web of life.
We are very concerned that the planet's natural processes are being strained by an unnatural exploitation of the earth's resources for economic development by humans. The surface of the earth is almost totally been changed by human activity. The natural places are becoming smaller and smaller, until they are just small specks on a map.
We built this site to do what we can to help minimize the impact of human expansion. Solving the carbon problem is just the tip of the iceberg. But it's a start.