- Just so they don’t get cut down.
Now this is odd news, but amazing news, too! Someone making tons of money wants to try and help save the earth by buying land up, so that it cannot be cut down. #win
Tim Sweeney is known for founding the video and 3-D software company Epic Games in the 1990s. From there we got Unreal Tournament, Gears of War, and the all popular, Fortnite.
In addition to his love for games, this billionaire has made good on a promise he made to help protect undeveloped and bio-diverse land in the Carolina mountains. He wants to ensure that future generations are able to enjoy these lands.
Sweeney has spent millions on conservation projects in his home state of North Carolina since 2008. He has bought over 40,000 acres of land to protect and preserve the forests there. His purchases have made him one of the largest private landowners in the state.
Beyond buying land, he has also donated money to different conservation projects like a 1,500 acres expansion for Mount Mitchell State Park. Along with this, he donated $15 million to a conservation to help protect 7,000 acres in The Box Creek Wilderness.
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Sweeney said, “It’s one of the most diverse areas in North Carolina. It has such rare plant and wildlife species, it seemed a perfect fit with the Fish and Wildlife Service. This is a first step – there will be other places protected. The goal is to connect South Mountains State Park to Chimney Rock. This is one piece of the puzzle.”
He also said, “I bought this land because it has a nice longleaf pine forest and was available for a reasonable price. I’ll be holding it until I find a permanent nature conservation home for it, which will take years or decades.”
When asked what he intends to do with the land in the short term Sweeney replied, “I just plan to hike it and do some tree thinning and burning for ecosystem restoration until I find a permanent conservancy or state home for it.”
Sweeney, you’re awesome. And I don’t even like video games!