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The Butterfly Effect

Balentine L.L.C., the investment advisory firm headed by Robert Balentine, a member of the Class of 1979 and a member of the Washington and Lee Board of Trustees, recently broke the $1 billion barrier of assets under management.

And while Robert clearly knows the investment business, he also knows a thing or two about biology and biodiversity. He and his wife, Betty, are founders of Southern Highlands Reserve, a private woodland garden in western North Carolina dedicated to sustaining the natural ecosystems of the Blue Ridge Mountains.

We blogged about the Balentines and the Southern Highlands Reserve not long ago, when Garden and Gun magazine featured Robert and his wife, Betty, in its April/May 2011 edition.

To get a better understanding of the particular values that Robert is cultivating there, you will want to watch the video below, “The Butterfly Effect: Biodiversity and the Blue Ridge.” Robert discusses the biodiversity of the region and the interdependence of life. TedX talks are part of a national program designed to give communities, organizations and individuals the opportunity to stimulate dialogue about “Ideas Worth Spreading.”