BHRI: May Activities
Permaculture class graduates and restoration practitioners from Avalon Garden participated in a small rock structure and large wire-basked gabion construction workshop. Participants keyed the structure into channel banks for stability and learned about hydrology in meandering southwestern arroyos, and how to work with rather than against ecosystem processes and services.
Plans continue for large scale, watershed-wide restoration on the Babocomari Ranch, the largest land grant in Arizona history, and on the Audubon Whittell Research Ranch and neighboring ranches and other properties. Integrated, multi-component restoration projects include fire planning and prescribed fire management; erosion control work on incised channels and small wetlands; diagnostic LiDAR and other remote sensing restoration tool development with USGS; and field testing of methods in tandem with cultural resource and local history compilations.
Large shade house transferred from Native Seeds to Deep Dirt, greatly increasing productive capacity for native plants for sale and/or upcoming restoration projects.