Land Regeneration: Engineering Ecosystems

Join us for a one-day workshop on ways to restore ecosystem health by applying the principles and techniques of disturbance-based forest management. We can expedite environmental restoration by increasing variability in forest structure and habitats.

Land Regeneration:
Engineering Ecosystems and Restoring Humanity into Wildlands

A one day workshop: April 23, 9:00am-4:00pm

Join us for this workshop exploring ways to restore ecosystem health by applying the principles and techniques of disturbance-based forest management. We can expedite environmental restoration by increasing variability in forest structure and habitats. We will focus on the semi-wild landscapes that surround us, and, using animal mimicry as our toolkit, we will explore ways to return to a more collaborative approach to land design. By understanding our role as stewards of the land, and by using these techniques, we can expedite increases in biodiversity and the carrying capacity of our semi-wild lands. By restoring our relationship with the land, we can remember the true meaning of what it is to be human--that we are a part of nature; not outside of it. Our future, and the future of this planet, depend on the choices we make today.

In this class, we will half practice hands-on techniques for working to restore the land. We will cover:

  • Historic land uses and misuses

  • Hands-on land regeneration and cooperative design techniques

  • Natural disturbance-based forest management

  • Identification of tree species

  • Coppicing

  • Creating dead snags

  • Invasive species management

  • Designing habitat for keystone species

  • Demonstration of crosscut saw and wood chipper use

  • Tree felling safety, use of winch to move logs

  • Restorative design implementation in a woodland area of the Horn Farm

This class is designed for the professional and the layman, for landowners and land stewards. No previous experience required. Participants will leave the workshop with an understanding of disturbance ecology and how to approach regenerative land management and reforestation on their own properties.

Bring lunch and dress appropriately for the weather.

We have secured some limited scholarship funds to make this class more accessible. Contact us if interested.

About the Instructor:

Wilson Alvarez is a certified permaculture designer, inventor, gardener, skilled tracker, bowyer, nature-awareness instructor, and writer from Lancaster, Pennsylvania. For the past twelve years, he has studied and taught classes and workshops on bio-intensive agriculture, regenerative technology, foraging, hunting, trapping, tracking, and wilderness survival. Wilson has studied through the Wilderness Awareness School via the Kamana program, and he received his Permaculture Design Certificate via Susquehanna Permaculture.

 

April 23rd, 2017 9:00 AM   through   4:00 PM
Horn Farm Center
4945 Horn Road
York, PA 17406
United States
Mobile: (717) 332-8710
Email:
Land Regeneration $ 75.00

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