Tim Sweeney created Fornite with one particular goal. The game became viral overnight. We’ve been hearing a lot about Fortnite in the past decade. Its creator has been working on the project for quite some time in an effort to provide something new for fans.
In the 1990s, Sweeney founded Epic Games. It’s a video and 3-D software company that released several video games. Gears of War, Unreal Tournament and Fortnite were born back then.
Tim earned billions and became a philanthropist. He did his best to protect the beautiful western Carolina Mountains.
In the past ten years, Tim donated millions of dollars to conservation projects in North Carolina. He wanted to save the forest. What he did next came like a surprise for many fans.
Tim bought 40,000 acres of land. He used his financial power to support numerous parcel projects. He took part in the expansion of 1,500 acres to Mount Mitchell State Park.
In November 2016, Tim donated $15 million to support a conservation project and protect 7,000 acres of the Box Creek Wilderness. This forest is located in a rare sight in the Blue Ridge Mountains.
“Ecologists documented more than 130 rare and watch-list plant and wildlife species, and several new-to‐science wildlife and plant species, including three moths and a new spiderwort species,” biologist Kevin Caldwell said.
“It’s one of the most diverse areas in North Carolina,” Sweeney added. “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 bought 193 acres in Alamance County worth $1.973 million. Jose Kellher, Sweeney’s representative offered a guarantee. The land would remain untouched.
“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’s conservation efforts come at a time when protecting our nation’s forests has become increasingly important.
A study led by North Carolina State University professor Nick Haddad and conducted by 24 scientists, found that there are only 2 truly intact forests left on Earth.
When the study’s authors examined the effects of human involvement on forests, they found habitat fragmentation leads to 13 to 75 percent decrease in plant and animal diversity, reduces the ability of animals and plants to survive and can even distort the food chain, as smaller patches of forest tend to have an increase in predator population.
Thankfully, as science continues to learn more about the importance of undeveloped forest land, billionaire philanthropists are noticing and taking action. China’s wealthiest man has also taken note of the importance of conservation.
In 2015, Jack Ma, the billionaire behind online retail giant Alibaba, purchased 28,000 acres of land in the Adirondack mountains of upstate NY. His first action taken after purchasing the land was to halt logging operations.”
Hopefully, this story will inspire others to do something similar. This world needs our help. What’s your plan? Would you anything to save the planet?