Source: Hendersonville Times-News
Written By: Rose Jenkins Lane
Published: June 8, 2020
Featured: Carolina Memorial Sanctuary, Habitat Restoration, Shaun Moore
Shaun Moore is walking on the edge of a wetland, where lush plants are springing up. The leaves are a brilliant green, shining with rain. He stops.
“Hey!” he says. “We didn’t plant this.”
It’s arrowhead, a plant named for the shape of its leaves. It’s a plant you might expect to find in a wetland — but not this wetland, which wasn’t here a year ago. Shaun is the owner of a small environmental restoration company, SM Soil and Water Solutions, and they just created this wetland at Carolina Memorial Sanctuary, a conservation burial ground in Mills River.
The arrowhead wasn’t here before, when this land was an abandoned farm field. And they didn’t plant it. So where did it come from?
It’s possible that it came from the past.
’What am I going to do with this?′
When the sanctuary acquired 11 acres here in 2014, it was hard to see this as a place that could offer beauty and solace, a place where you might give your loved ones back to the earth.