Habitat Enhancement at the Local Level (riparian fortification…still critical)

Small stream restoration

Small stream restoration

“O tutorial é simples e interessante. Você começa escolhendo através de fotos se pretende recuperar uma nascente de rio ou um curso de rio, depois escolhe o tipo de margem, tipo de solo das margens, problemas encontrados, tipo de leito do entre outras coisas. Então, sempre através de fotos como a que mostro aqui, o tutorial lhe sugere alguns projetos de recuperação, chegando a lhe dizer quais espécies de árvores e vegetação seria ideal para a recuperação do local. Realmente muito simples e funcional. Basta por mãos à obra.”  http://decolando.net/blog/2009/02/18/projeto-gratis-recuperacao-mata-ciliar/

Decolando’s site has examples of habitat enhancement and the simple acts to shore up the riparian zone. Farmers here have been cooperating in these efforts for several decades, but the number of untouched rivulets and small streams is immense. A few simple measures of planting within a 3 meter zone and adding structure would go a long ways to slowing or stopping erosional damage. These are good projects, at a local level, for youth organizations and FF clubs. I recently read some typical the sky is falling, global warming, angst ridden Ted Williams type discredit these projects, because we are on the verge of mass extinction (hogwash), so why bother with delusional habitat projects. I believe, just as some want organic foods, promote green, locally based businesses/farms, that these restoration projects are critical. One does not have to buy into the Gore-Hanson BS, to see the overwhelming merits of local projects and movements to save habitat. I have a small spring fed rivulet about 2 to 3 feet wide that has natural plantings along the entire length. It was tempting, like some of my neighbors, to remove all vegetation and make it more civilized. I resisted (plus nature has a way of reclaiming if we let her) and today I have more wildlife than ever in my backyard. Raccoons, coyotes, squirrels, frogs and a variety of birds move thru my suburban back yard and hunker down near the shelter of the vegetation adjacent to the spring. Encourage neighbors, friends and land owners to do plantings etc.

4 Responses to “Habitat Enhancement at the Local Level (riparian fortification…still critical)”

  1. March 9, 2009 at 08:13

    Hello SwittersB,
    Again I was very happy to appear here, thanks for reading the decolando and share.


  2. 2 swittersb
    March 9, 2009 at 06:22



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