The Elder Creek Ecological Preserve exists to protect the community of life within its boundaries by implementing land care practices that help native and naturalized plant and animal communities restore effective soil nutrient and water cycles in the midst of climate chaos while providing for human subsistence.
Beavers restore watershed health by slowing, spreading and sinking water into the surrounding riparian corridor.
Intact oak woodlands increase the quantity of water in the soil, groundwater, springs and creeks while providing abundant food for humans, grazing animals and wildlife.
Unique species like valley oak need special protection as anthropogenic climate disruption and destructive land practices diminish the size of riparian corridors.
Holistic grazing can greatly reduce fire risk while restoring native grasslands by favoring native grasses and forbs over dominant non-native species like star thistle while providing grass-fed meat for local foodsheds.
Watersheds with intact understory like native grape and willow are more resilient against erosion from increasing high water events due to anthropogenic climate disruption.
Restoration of native grasses like perennial purple needlegrass greatly increases soil moisture and nutrient content while sequestering increased carbon from the atmosphere.