Machete Man honored by Atlanta Magazine as a “Groundbreaker”
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Healthy forest, drainage of the Fernbank Stream, north-east Atlanta.

Our aim is to save the world's forests
beginning with the urban forest of Atlanta and, through our efforts at education and increasing public awareness of the importance of forests, extending this effort to as many forests as possible throughout the world.

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“When and why did conservation biology become a discipline? - (One) factor has been the extinction crisis.  The probable disappearance of the majority of species during the next 50 to 100 years is – or certainly should be – a matter of great concern.”

Michael E. Soule, 1986.  Conservation Biology and the Real World. Ch. 1,  Conservation Biology: The Science of Scarcity and Diversity, Sinauer Associates, Inc, Sunderland Mass.

“Recent experimental studies on whole ecosystems support what was long suspected:  in most cases, the more species living in an ecosystem, the higher its productivity, and the greater its ability to withstand drought and other kinds of environmental stress.  Since we depend on an abundance of functioning ecosystems to cleanse our water, enrich our soil, and manufacture the very air we breathe, biodiversity is clearly not an inheritance to be discarded carelessly.”

Edward O. Wilson, 1992.The Diversity of Life. Belknap Press, Boston.

Despite nearly a century of propaganda, conservation still proceeds at a snail ‘s pace……The usual answer to this dilemma is ‘more conservation education.’  No one will debate this, but is it certain that only the volume of education needs stepping up?  Is something lacking in the content as well?”

Aldo Leopold, 1949. A Sand County Almanac with Essays on Conservation from Round River, Oxford University Press, Oxford

Light at the end of the tunnel. Machete Man cut through a thicket of invasive species and cleaned the trees visible in the distance; Fernbank Forest, North-east Atlanta.