Indigenous focused land reclamation

We should grant the management of the clear cuts in our national forests to the indigenous nations of our bioregion... The regrowth can be greatly sped forward through localized native plant focused permaculture management... The state can subsidize semi-permanent dwellings for groups of forest managers near clear cuts... Native heavy permaculture food production, along the lines of Sepp holtzers mountain homestead, in the vast clear cuts of the Mt hood national forest is just one example... This kind of management would reforest the mountains twice as fast and would vastly increase the sustainable and perennial based food production for our entire bio-region and would represent a massive acknowledgement of the first peoples whom were the victims of genocide so that our infrastructure could exist... I am sure this would be embraced if we could disseminate the idea to a larger audience, along with the facts of the effectiveness of traditional indigenous subsistence management practices and permaculture ...

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  • commented 2016-11-12 02:28:52 -0800
    Sure, but keep in mind that clear cuts already exist as a large minority of what we consider as our national forests, using social forestry techniques, like those of someone like Tom Ward, could be applied to fringe stands of replanted forests, check him out… We do not have to cut down forests to make use of them, their re-growth stages are the most ecologically productive stages of eco-system growth… My suggestion is too harvest the re-growth from native focused permaculture systems applied in the clear cuts, not continue deforestation… We can grow fast growing trees to create forests in agricultural fields as well, and harvest them, we simply choose not too because the monetary benefit is weighed too heavily against time to production… Montane clear cuts are not going to have that problem… I just want to be clear that unless we make use of the ecological power of our national forests and significantly add to their viability for climate change and future population growth, they wont do much good for us into the deep future… indigenous people had some cognizance of this, which is why our local ecologies in the pacific north west, few still standing since colonialism, were so heavily dependent on indigenous management for their viability… Do your research! huge swaths of our bioregion were dependent on regular large scale fire management and other fertility practices for their health, which is declining because we have outlawed those practices in our environmental perspectives and enforced them as laws mostly designed for the specific purpose of destroying the resource base of resisting indigenous people and their life-ways….. look it up, comrades!!!
  • commented 2016-11-11 18:35:45 -0800
    I agree, but I think we should go one step further. The need for wood is declining thanks to new building materials and everything going digital now. Let’s stop clear cutting altogether. We could use irrigation in inland Cascadia to farm trees. I’m not even a hard-core environmentalists, but I really don’t think we should be removing any more of our forests, even if we promise to replant them. Old growth forests provide too many benefits.
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