After listening to an interview with John D. Liu and subsequently reading through his entire Ecosystem Restoration Camps website, I'm dying to know if there are similar projects happening in the US. Googling around wasn't very effective, and I'd rather take the more grassroots route of talking with y'all. I see a wide spectrum here of potential projects, from your standard degraded piece of land someone is homesteading on and revitalizing with regenerative ag to massive projects on the scale of John D. Liu's work in Altiplano and the Loess Plateau. I'm open to all of them, but am most intrigued by the latter half at present (larger scale projects restoring heavily damaged landscapes).
More about what I'm looking for:
- In the US, bonus if it's in the northeast
- Don't have to pay hundreds of dollars to work there, more of a work-trade scenario
- I'll be learning A LOT while I'm there, hopefully enough to help seed my own restoration project elsewhere one day
Who I am and what I have to offer:
- late 20's, strong, able-bodied, kind human with excellent communication skills, currently living in western Massachusetts
- I am SO READY to learn and do the relentless, ass-kicking, humbling, joyous work of restoring the earth!
- Environmental science degree, PDC, a few different WWOOF stints, lots of gardening experience, some permie design and carpentry experience
- Could stay for months if it's a good fit
- I haven't camped in rustic conditions for more than a few weeks, but I think I could get used to it
So, do you know of any restoration projects in the US that fit what I'm looking for? I'm open to hearing about smaller scale, permaculture homesteading projects if you feel called to share, although I know there are countless ones to choose from on here, wwoof, workaway, etc.
Thank you so much!