Cascadia Stewardship Manual

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Ecology - concepts that help us make sense of systems

  • The Salmon commons* - Pacific salmon are the buffalo of Cascadia and a unique challenge to our stewardship
  • Four spheres* - earth, water, fire, and air remain a useful structure for organizing our analysis of natural forces
  • Nested systems - Ecosystem properties emerge as systems organize at increasing scales
  • Process and structure - What we see in the moment is merely a sign of what has come before--tracks and signs are everywhere
  • Carbon* - The composition and decomposition of organic carbon links all living beings to the sun
  • Soil as crucible* - The foundation of the ecosystem at the convergence of the four spheres
  • Species and Life Strategy* - All individuals are heading for extinction--only populations survive. We are defined by how we make a living, and belong to a guild of similar creatures.
  • Disturbance and Stress* - Stress and need drives adaptation and defines the playing field for competition. The forces of places, and the works of creatures reset the clock of succession
  • Succession, Filters and Assembly* - The gardening of all things results in an gradual increase in fertility and biomass. The details of succession are complicated by disturbance and the interactions of life history to define how communities actually unfold
  • Nitrogen* - The fuel for the biological fire
  • Rare earths - The flow and pooling of phosphorus, potassium, calcium, magnesium and other rare earths create a subtle stress
  • Biotic Legacies - In our ecosystem wood is the accumulated capital affecting the flow of water and nutrients
  • Vegetation Structure - Vegetation structure is a constant flux--a synthesis of ecological forces

Community - because we are the project

  • Sovereignty - The first flow. Through the organization of violence, we build systems of coersive boundaries that are the foundation of our communities, but are entirely dependant on learned individual obedience.
  • Information - The second flow. As human systems become complex, information flows becomes increasing powerful
  • Capital - the third flow. We can impell the behavior of others by providing rewards for compliance--currency allows for the rapid centralization and distribution of incentives.
  • Nonviolent communication* - how and why we talk may be more important than what we say
  • Making Decisions* - decision process creates or breaks down group cohesion
  • Rules of labor* - four rules that make labor work well.

Analysis - strategies of design - why we do it

  • Microclimate* - A mosaic of light, heat, water, and nutrients
  • Permaculture theory - Design based on proximity and beneficial relationships
  • Biomimicry - Evolution has defined solutions to all problems, if you can accurately define the problem
  • Component analysis* - Wholes are made of parts, creating beneficial connections among parts defines design
  • Costs and yields - What we value is defined by out culture, and drives design
  • Ecosystem services - Neither free nor guarunteed
  • Something basic right* - Capturing the energy of place to benefit people and life forever requires us to carefully consider our assumptions
  • Satoyama* - We have done this all before

Design - the tactics of design*

The Cycle*

  • Bud-swell - from Candlemas to the spring equinox - winter's end
  • Springtime - from spring equinox to mayday - spring begins
  • Bloom - from Mayday to summer solstice - flush of growth
  • Drying - from summer solstice to Lammas
  • Harvest - from Lammas to autumnal equinox - bringing in the bounty
  • Frost - from autumnal equinox to Halloween - the cooling
  • Leaf fall - from Halloween to winter solstics - decent into dormancy
  • Darkness - from winter solstice to Candlemas - persephone in the underworld

Components - understanding the parts of a system

Craftwork - the daily art of creation





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