I would like to invite any nice folk out there to come take a hike, bike and canoe tour of the redwood coast area with me, a veteran of many seasons as an education/interpretation ranger in Redwood NP. You can choose how much you would like to hear me expound on these amazing forests, rivers and coast through the lens of permaculture concepts and historic nativeland management of what amounted to the greatest food forest-aquaculture system of all time. That or you could just let me point you in an the direction of awesome. The old growth nearby is the highest biomass ecosystem on earth and has sheltered a lot of big fish in the Smith River, the largest undammed waterway in the lower 48. People have lived here continuously for 10,000 years, and yet until 140yrs ago it was still gaining biomass every year. How could we learn from these forests and the cultures they sheltered? I have led a hike called "how can redwoods teach us to be better people?" and have found this to inspire great conversations. In addition to many amazing, relatively low priced local houses to rent, my wife and I have an extra bedroom, a canoe, and a pretty extensive knowledge of this area and would love to help enrich your experience of it.
What would I like in return? Nothing is necessary besides being a good LNT guest in nature and my home, but I could really use help and consultation regarding pond construction and other related permaculture principles. I am trying to apply what I am learning about this place and its ecosystems to my little 1/2 acre plot, which I've owned for 3 years now. I've done a lot of hugel'n and mulching, and have chickens, ducks and a turkey in back under my fruittrees. For the fall I am trying to plan a pond-keyline system to reduce water use, provide duck habitat, reduce flooding, and distribute water and nutrients, etc. I do not have heavy machinery, or the money, let alone vehicle accessibility, to use them anyhow. I am not asking you to come break your back with me, just help me do so more efficiently and maybe avoid some mistakes! Oh, and please don't do something to make my wife angry at me for posting this naively open invitation on the interweb.
This is all just my opinion based on a flawed memory
Ben, sounds great. Of course, I have a few quetions to help me picture exactly what you need. On a 1/2 acre, the pond would be small. So, a drawing of said property before and how you want it after would be great. Is the area access0 to a very small excavator. Some can drive though a doorway. If very small, yes, shovel fun may be it. Also, the elevation of your property with water flow would help.
Btw, wife and I are planning a trip to giant redwoods next year. Would love to chat more on that in private. Drop me a line here. All my best.