How do we go about planning, restoring and observing the hydrology, biodiversity and productivity of landscapes?

November 6, 2017

Experiencing a Healthy Ecosystem in the Spanish Altiplano

I have been in the remote area of the Murcian Altiplano for two months. It has been a life changing experience, living in an area so degraded. Every day the sheep walk past our bedroom window, followed closely by a […]
September 5, 2017

Why Catch the Rain?

I live in a temperate coastal rainforest on the eastern Pacific Rim. We have more water than most, but it all comes in winter. Our cold inland sea has four thousand kilometers of shoreline, ringed by snow-capped mountains to catch […]
July 24, 2017
Altiplano Camp self-sufficiency

Permaculture farming and livelihood

There has been a lot of recent discussion about permaculture and livelihoods, especially as regards food growing, self-sufficiency and also being able to make some money. In early 2017 I volunteered at a smallholding in Venezuela, where these questions are […]
July 20, 2017
New Zealand landscape

Our Best Climate Bet – Forests!

I grew up in New Zealand, where the landscape has been dramatically transformed by man, mainly for the purpose of grazing about 30 million sheep (there are still 7x more sheep than people in New Zealand!) The contrast between the […]
July 12, 2017
The parking lot recycled

Reclaiming Asphalt

Growing up in the city of Seattle, we were frequently taken to visit our Norwegian grandparents out on Hood’s Canal: cement and asphalt contrasted to the Douglass fir-lined highways of the Olympic Peninsula. Things gradually changed over the years: more […]
June 19, 2017

Playing with mud

While planting a wisteria by the chicken coup with Adam and Ricardo, I witnessed micro erosion event take place. The wisteria was planted inside a circular dam and while filling it with water a portion of the wall collapsed followed […]
June 17, 2017

June 17th is World Day to Combat Desertification

June 17th has been designated by the United Nations as World Day to Combat Desertification. While it is wonderful to celebrate those who are toiling to ensure that the Earth’s natural ecosystems can flourish it is important to realize that […]
June 15, 2017
Paella altiplano camp

Why are we mixing food production and restoration?

What does a flock of chickens have to do with ecological restoration?  People working on restoration of ecosystems may find it strange that the early stages of restoration camping are focused on food production as much as biodiversity or ecosystems.  […]