Read the Case Studies

“Today the Central Valley is a highly engineered landscape, controlled by rigid systems of irrigation canals, drains, dams, and levees. The cost of this human-controlled design is the loss of 95% of wetlands, floodplain forests, and the food chain energy that they produce. It is expensive to operate this way …”

“The connections in this meadow weave together from past to present and they revolve around food—food for birds, for butterflies, and for people too. In a blink of time, we can see the meadow: a thriving biodiverse habitat, a place of abundant food stores like the Camas Lily bulb gathering ground called Ti’nth (as noted by Latgawa elders), then land taken by white settlers for grazing cattle, and today an environmental nonprofit honoring the spirit of connectivity that this land is imbued with …”

“Starting at the Pacific Ocean and weaving along a 44 mile stretch of Northern California’s Klamath River is the Yurok Reservation and ancestral lands. A group of Yurok citizens works together here to bring fire back to this ecosystem. The Cultural Fire Management Council’s mission is to further the use of fire as a means of cultural resource and land management. This region of California evolved with fire and prescribed seasonal burning—forms of knowledge and stewardship that were all but wiped out with colonial efforts at fire suppression … “

Habitat Everywhere is a guidebook created by Greenhorns, especially for landowners and land-tenders. The book offers basic restoration ecology information and inspirational case studies about habitat creation and stewardship initiatives. The book was created especially for those who operate rural Hipcamp sites and who welcome the camping public onto their lands. This friendly guidebook seeks to inspire new landowners into action, empowering them to foster biodiversity and habitat health on their lands.

Here, I acted as a contributing writer of three case studies that featured insights from the Nigiri Project/California Trout, Vesper Meadow Education Program, and regional prescribed burn associations.