What is Biodiversity?
Biodiversity simply refers to the diversity of living things. This includes genetic variation, species variation, and ecological variation. A diverse ecosystem is a healthy one, and a healthy ecosystem provides us with invaluable ecological services such as providing clean water and oxygen for us to breathe. Genetic diversity prevents diseases and helps us understand how to make ourselves healthier and our natural resources more productive. Species diversity allows for ecosystems to adjust to extreme disturbances, so that if one species goes extinct, other species are there to fill in its role.
Biodiverse lands thrive in area
Region's ecological history is etched in the landscape
"Biodiversity itself represents the health of the environment. The more diverse the life, the more special the life is."
-John Henry Drake, regional ecologist for The Nature Conservancy