Eastern Santa Cruz County's Virtual Community Meeting Place
Permaculture Earthworks - Harvest Rainwater
- Erosion Control Structure Workshop at Deep Dirt Farm Institute -
Help us restore Stevens Canyon on Sunday, May 5th from 8am-1pm using Permaculture techniques. We'll build rock structures to slow, spread and sink rain into the ground. Bring gloves, a hat, water bottle, snacks, close-toed shoes, sunglasses or safety glasses and long pants.
Bring a dish to share for a lunch potluck!
___________About Borderlands Habitat Restoration Initiative___________
The borderland between southern Arizona and northern Sonora is one of the most biologically diverse temperate areas in the world.The unusually high biological diversity of the region results from the confluence of four great biogeographic domains- the Sonoran desert to the West, the Chihuahuan desert to the East, the Sierra Madre to the South and the Rocky Mountains to the North- and the intermingling of their unique floras and faunas.
Because of its rugged topography and arid climate, much of the region and its flora and fauna have remained largely intact, but that is changing rapidly. In just the past 50 years, human settlements have grown from a few dusty border towns to several sprawling, rapidly growing cities. Changing economic conditions, rising land prices, and changing climate are forcing farmers to abandon once fertile lands and ranchers to split up and sell portions of large ranches. Unplanned urban development and poor land use practices have resulted in habitat degradation, fragmentation, and the loss of biological diversity.
The Borderlands Habitat Restoration Initiative aims to help local citizens restore degraded land and improve wildlife habitat using tested methods. If you are interested in learning more about the initiative and how you can become involved, please read some of the essays posted as "Pages" on this site.
The first essay, by Gary Nabhan, explains why pollinatiors are an important focus of our restoration efforts. The second essay, by Ron Pulliam, explores what restoration means and gives an introduction to our approach and methods. The third essay, by David Hodges, tells of the amazing restoration work done by Valer and Josiah Austin on the Cuenca los Ojos ranches.
We hope you will join our group and participate in our restoration projects. If you do, you will be given the opportunity to attend free workshops where restoration and plant propagation techniques are taught and to participate in on-the-ground restoration projects in your own community.You will also be able to make a real contribution to wildlife and to reconnecting people, land, and wildlife.
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