Theoretical Game-Plan for the GrassRoots Restoration of California’s Ecology

RESTORING WHAT’S LEFT OF CALIFORNIA’S NATURAL ENVIRONMENT IS VITAL TO COUNTERING THE PERMANENT DISPLACEMENT OF NATURAL ENVIRONMENT FROM COLONIAL SETTLEMENT. THIS IS A THEORETICAL GAME-PLAN FOR THE GRASSROOTS RESTORATION OF CALIFORNIAS ECOLOGY (NATURAL AND ARTIFICIAL SYSTEMS) BY; STABILIZING OUR REGIONAL WATER CYCLE, SPLIT BETWEEN TWO SCOPES – MacroRestoration and MicroRestoration

FIRST AND FOREMOST: There must be a farming revolution. We need to shift our focus to the cultivation of staple, and long-lived perennial crops. This allows much greater use of eroded, marginal and local/urban lands, among other things… Californias’ livestock industry is ready to be scrapped. Unfortunately all the policies in the world can’t pick up a shovel and plant a tree, so ecological commen sense must be excercized by each individual (respectively) above all else (and then subsequently demanded by the citizens of the world).

 

MacroRestoration: (the restoration of entire counties and/or states)

A) Reforestation of native tree species (pinus sp., quercus sp., arbutus sp., alnus sp., calocedrus decurrens, aesculus californica, cercis sp., umbellularia californica platanus racemosa, heteromeles arbutifolia, sequioadendron giganteum) and Afforestation of foreign, non-invasive tree species (pinus sp., quercus sp., alnus sp., cedrus sp.).

first succession of macro-forestation: pinus sp., quercus sp., aesculus californica, ceanothus sp., calocedrus decurrens, cercis sp., heteromeles arbutifolia

one decade of stability/quarantine, then…

second succession of macro-forestation: arbutus sp., araucaria sp., pinus sp., quercus sp., alnus sp., platanus racemosa, umbellularia californica

one or more decades of stability/quarantine, then…

(later successions will be highly dependant upon observations of the first two)

B) Meadow Building with native herbs and particular legumes (red clover, annual and perennial lupine, vetch/ plantain, yellow dock, dandelion, non-invasive wild helianthus species*

C) Waterway Restoration + Watershed Management “plugging the bathtub” – reversing the mass erosion caused by crude mining activities and the corruption of watersheds by poor city planning. Everything from city design to transportation must be for the environments sake (theoretically obvious, yet practically invisible)

D) Land-Based, Community Building – regrounding the people: ‘lure’ them back into nature just as they were ‘lured’ into industrial culture. Example the potentials of localized and residential food production (Specifically the societal stability/Efficient resource management that comes from simple, circular and free trade economies), the ease involved with tree starting and land care.

Perennial food systems (tree-based food production)

Local Power Systems (integrated solar-electric buildings, wind turbines, hydro-electric, large-scale bio digesters, geothermal, integration of compressed air as a basic utility of society)

 

MicroRestoration: (the restoration of private or public lands – specific lands, usually under 1,000 acres, any where from an urban backyard or city park, to abandoned mining sites and pasture land.

A) Reforestation of native tree species (pinus sp., quercus sp., umbellularia californica, cercis sp., arctostaphylos sp., calocedrus decurrens, aesculus californica, heteromeles arbutifolia, sequioadendron giganteum, alnus sp., morus sp., juglans nigra, arbutus sp.,) and Afforestation of foreign, non-invasive tree species (pinus sp., quercus sp., cedrus sp., alnus sp., aracauria sp., fraxinus sp.)

first succession of micro-forestation: pinus sp., quercus sp., aesculus californica, heteromeles arbutifolia, arctostaphylos sp., juglans nigra, calocedrus decurrens, alnus sp., aracauria sp.

a few years of stability/quarantine, then…

second succession of micro-forestation: pinus sp., cercis sp., arctostaphylos sp., alnus sp., sequoiadendron giganteum, araucaria sp., fraxinus sp.

several years of stability/quarantine, then…

(later successions will be highly dependant upon observations of the first two)

B) Meadow Building with native herbs and particular legumes (red clover, annual and perennial lupine, vetch/ plantain, yellow dock, dandelion, non-invasive wild helianthus species*

C) Simple Earthworks + Waterway/Watershed improvementplugging the bathtub or creating a bathtub” – reversing the mass erosion caused by crude mining activities and corrupted watersheds. Everything from city design to transportation must be for the environments sake. Environmentally speaking: as a state (CA), we are most in need of surface-level hydraulic infrastructure (aqueducts, canals, dams, cisterns, water tanks) if we are ever going to stabilize back to a resource-based economy (versus our digitally, over-leveraged, paper economy).

D) Land-Based, Community Building – regrounding the people: ‘lure’ them back into nature just as they were ‘lured’ into industrial culture. Example the potentials of localized and residential food production (Specifically the societal stability/Efficient resource management that comes from simple, circular and free trade economies), the ease involved with tree starting and land care.

Perennial food systems (tree-based food production)

Residential Power Systems (solar power system, small-scale hydro-electric, ram-pumps, waterwheels, solar ovens, bio digesters, cob ovens, rocket mass heaters)

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