Restoration

Grasslands

Pulitzer Prize-winning writer James Risser observes: “Many experience anguish at the wreckage of clear-cut mixed-tree forest, destined to be replaced by a single-species tree farm.” A field of golden wheat, corn or soy is the same thing— a crop monoculture inhabiting what once was a rich and diverse but now ‘clear-cut’ grassland. Grassland covers more land area than any other…

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Restoration, Sustainability

(A Few) Principles of Indigenous Land Care

We won’t pretend to be experts on this topic. The following principles have been gleaned by others from numerous sources, and compiled in the book, “Before the Wilderness,” which we highly recommend. 1. The quantity taken does not exceed the biological capacity of the plant population to regenerate or recover. 2. Gathering techniques sometimes mimic a parallel natural disturbance with…

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Food, Sustainability, Water

Water-Wise Food Choices

Food and water choices for rural Californians that can improve water cycles or at least lessen the damage to them: • Minimize water use and eliminate wasting water. • Capture rain and phase-out using your well. • Size your garden or small orchard to your rainwater holding tanks. • Change your gardening habits: grow in the winter and spring, not…

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Threats to Our Region

Headwater Forests

“To protect your rivers, protect your mountains.” —Chinese Emperor Yu The principles underlying the maintenance of a healthy water cycle tell us to start sinking water into the ground at the top of the watershed. The management of the forests in the headwaters of Elder Creek is perhaps the most critical issue in the current water crises we face. Trees,…

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Threats to Our Region

Poisons

Do you want to keep surface and groundwater clean? • Don’t dispose of or use chemicals on your land known to cause health problems for most life forms (see below for details). • Tell the county not to spray herbicide along the road that abutts your property. • Fix all fluid leaks on all your vehicles. • Educate yourself about…

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