Articles, Podcasts

 

Restoring Land, Preventing Fire - August 7, 2018, Talent, OR

“On Sunday, July 15, Southern Oregon was hit with a severe lightning storm, sparking more than 100 fires across the region. While some, including the Hendrix Fire in the Applegate, grew quickly, at least one was stopped in its tracks thanks to a quick-thinking caretaker and the help of Lomakatsi. Landowner Meg Sprouse had contacted Lomakatsi in 2017 to perform ecological restoration and fuels reduction on her property. Lomakatsi crews cleared invasive species, cut back brush and thinned overcrowded forest lands in the spring of 2017, returning over the winter to burn piled slash from restoration activities.” From Lomakatsi Restoration Project, continue reading: https://lomakatsi.org/lomakatsi-accomplishments/

Nature’s Phoenix: Fire As Medicine | Chad Hanson and Frank Kanawha Lake

Science catches up with Indigenous wisdom breaking open settler colonial myths about fire as only destructive and burned landscapes as useless. “…fire is key to optimizing forest vitality and biodiversity.” The merging of these two ways of knowing has signaled “the end to our misguided policy of fire suppression at all costs, and the beginning of an era of building fire-resilient communities with a new relationship to one of nature’s most elemental and fearful forces. With fire ecologists Chad Hanson and Frank Kanawha Lake.”

Five Reasons To Thin Your Forestland

Thinning a forest leaves the remaining trees in greater health -- enhancing their vigor to deal with periods of drought and fight off invasive insect attacks. Having too many trees contributes to an overabundance of fuel for wildfires. Defensible Space: A Thinned Forest Reduces Wildfire Effects…

CHASING ICE

In the spring of 2005, acclaimed environmental photographer James Balog headed to the Arctic on a tricky assignment for National Geographic: to capture images to help tell the story of the Earth’s changing climate. Even with a scientific upbringing, Balog had been a skeptic about climate change…

Cowspiracy

Cowspiracy: The Sustainability Secret is a groundbreaking feature-length environmental documentary following intrepid filmmaker Kip Andersen as he uncovers the most destructive industry facing the planet today – and investigates why the world’s leading environmental organizations are too afraid to talk about it.

Forks Over Knives

In 2001, Brian Wendel attended a conference on nutrition. There, a plant-based expert made a compelling enough argument that a Staten Island boy raised on pizza and roast beef decided to go all in on plant foods. He had no idea it would forever alter the course of his life.

What The Health

What the Health is the groundbreaking follow-up film from the creators of the award-winning documentary Cowspiracy. The film exposes the collusion and corruption in government and big business that is costing us trillions of healthcare dollars, and keeping us sick.

 

Videos

 

How to, roundwood mortise and tenon, timber framed shed part 2

Demonstration of how to mark out and cut a mortise and tenon in roundwood. 

Nature's internet: how trees talk to each other in a healthy forest | Suzanne Simard

Scientific research shows the interconnectedness of life in the forest ecosystem. Go beneath the forest floor to learn how trees are communicating and exchanging resources. Going beyond the simple view of a forest as a resource to be exploited, this work presents the forest as a complex network of life. Simard’s examination of the relationships that make up the complexity of nature present compelling support for the idea that “We are all one.”

How Wolves Change Rivers

"When we try to pick out anything by itself, we find it hitched to everything else in the Universe." - John Muir
When wolves were reintroduced to Yellowstone National Park in the United States after being absent nearly 70 years, the most remarkable "trophic cascade" occurred. What is a trophic cascade and how exactly do wolves change rivers? George Monbiot explains in this movie remix.

Marla Spivak: Why bees are disappearing

Honeybees have thrived for 50 million years, each colony 40 to 50,000 individuals coordinated in amazing harmony. So why, seven years ago, did colonies start dying en masse? Marla Spivak reveals four reasons which are interacting with tragic consequences. This is not simply a problem because bees pollinate a third of the world's crops. Could this incredible species be holding up a mirror for us?

Electricity of Life

New views from modern biology of the electrical interactions between bees and flowers. For both the pollen-harvesting process and the efficiency of foraging behavior, static electricity makes a bee's life easier. | Alex Fournier.