Tim Sweeney created Fortnite one of the most popular computer games in the last ten years. He worked for decades, so he succeeded in developing different intricate and interactive realms for players in the digital world.
During the 90s, he has found Epic Games, the producer of several popular games, including Unreal Tournament, Gears of War and Fortnite. Soon, Tim became quite wealthy, and with his wealth came the philanthropy. He is trying his best to protect and preserve the mountains of the amazing western Carolina.
Protecting the Nature in North Carolina
During the last ten years, Tim spent millions to support projects for conservation in the state of North Carolina, so to preserve and protect its forests. Tim bought about 40,000 acres of land, even donating some money to different conversation projects, such as an expansion of about 1,500 acres to Mount Mitchell State Park.
Three years ago, Tim donated about 15 million dollars for a conservation project aiming to protect in total 7,000 acres of the Box Creek Wilderness. This is a forest situated in the historical foothill of the Blue Ridge Mountains.
The untouched land was the target of a large corporation that intended to carve it up to run its power lines. This project protected hundreds of endangered animals and plants.
According to the biologist Kevin Caldwell, in the Box Creek Wilderness is one of the most diverse areas in North Carolina. The ecologists have documented more than 130 rare plants and wildlife species.
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Saving the Forests
One year after that, he bought about 193 acres in Alamance County for just $1.973 million. In 2018, he also bought a place of 1,500 acres in Stone Hills, protecting the area from becoming a golf community resort.
Sweeney claimed that he bought the place as there is a beautiful longleaf pine forest:
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.
The efforts of Sweeney about conservation appeared at the right time when the protection of the forests was of great importance.
According to a study, only two forests on the planet are left genuinely intact. Human interaction with wild habitats is leading to a significant decrease in animal and plant diversity, as it reduces the capacity of plants and animals to survive, or find foods.
Fortunately, while science learns every day about the significance of the undeveloped land in forests, philanthropists notice that and take some action.
The wealthiest man in China also took into consideration the significance of conservation. Four years ago, Jack Ma, the billionaire standing behind Alibaba, bought 28,000 acres of land in the so-called Adirondack Mountains. The first action he took was halting logging operations.
We can only hope and trust that such actions may inspire a lot of other people that are wealthy enough, or have the required power and influence, to save our environment and help our community.