Reconnecting People and Land
Reconnecting people and land means providing opportunities for everyone to be involved in our activities.
“Reintroduction of rare shrubs, grasses, and plants can restore biodiversity and increase yields, but it can be done only with local support. This support can be assured once people realize that restoration work will improve their lives, increase income, restore damaged areas, reduce floods, limit erosion, and protect future generations. That is the ultimate reason for us to press ahead with this work. Please join the effort with support and action.” –David A. Bainbridge, from A Guide for Desert and Dryland Restoration, A New Hope for Arid Lands (2007).
Restoring functional physical landscape processes, growing and planting native plants, and supporting springs and pollinators are just some of the vital activities in our work, but they remain incomplete without a third essential step: forging and maintaining bonds between people and the natural world, and providing opportunities for each to flourish in tandem. We are convinced that habitat restoration is not sustainable unless local citizens understand the benefits received from the work, and actively participate in restoring ecosystems and ecosystem services in their own communities. Through this approach, we have simultaneously demonstrated that a “restoration economy”—a cultivated network of relationships whereby people gain skills and the capacity to make their livings by caring for place—is both feasible and, today, necessary if we are collectively to surmount public/private and other divides in the face of shared threats to the ecosystems on which lives and livelihoods depend.
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Read the following blog entries & articles about Borderlands’ land ethic: