The Carolina Crescent has been a shelter and a home to so many, for so long. Of course, ecology is the study of our home—all of the geological, climatological and biological interactions and relationships. The Carolina Crescent proves to be a place unlike any other for sheltering and nurturing life.
- More species of salamander than any other similar sized region in the world.
- More species of trillium than any other similar sized region in the world.
- Over 120 tree species in a single valley.
- More species of ferns than any other region of the United States.
- Tropical plants and plants from the northern coniferous forests co-existing in the same place.
All of these facts point to the unique combination of ecological characteristics that shelter life through change.