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Fraser River Headwaters, Zone3, Lat: 53N, Altitude 2750', Boreal/Temperate Rainforest-transition
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Hi Angelo,

If you are interested to come up to Canada for a change of scenery then consider coming and checking out my 40 acres against the Rockies and facing the Caribou's.  I'll be building a tiny house and starting on a shop space this year on my property (I might even finish the shop if I have enough help.  I have a ton of inherited tools that need space, but I don't yet have a forge and we have a lot of similar interests: wilderness living, stone age tech, survival instruction, indigenous culture, healing work.

My goal on the land is to have a large garden and orchard, a passive house, a place with a sauna heating a greenhouse with fire-heated hot tubs for herbal baths to sort of spa it up, with cold plunges into ponds outside the sauna.  This might be a bit of a money maker if it was done right.  The shop design will be simple but expandable, with a dirt floor to start with but with rebar coming out of the foundation pads of the posts to eventually tie into a full water heated floor, eventually, as funds accumulate.  I have 25 acres of trees with a lot of dead pine that I am trying to utilize before it rots or causes or burns in a forest fire.  I have a small sawmill (owned collectively with others) that could be used to create building materials, and a tractor with some useful pto attachments, there are both a good on-site 4/X4 truck and a good highway 4X4, and plenty of other tools and infrastructure ideas that could be utilized by others (yourself) for the purpose of establishing a solid base in a beautiful location.  

The problem right now is Covid has pretty much closed the border for casual travelers.  But if you have interest in coming up sometime, anytime really, and sharing skills and food and helping to build stuff, then feel free to fire me a message me.  I'm 51, but look at least a decade younger due to an active outdoor lifestyle I figure.  

Good luck in your search
2 months ago
I received this from the local small environmental group that I'm a part of, The Fraser Headwaters Alliance, which is mentioned in This Article from The Narwhal, through Roy Howard, the founding father of the organization being interviewed.   Several local watersheds. including the one which is directly behind the mountains in my front yard view, are also mentioned.  Included in the article is the interactive map created by some folks in Prince George, the closest large center to my location.

A real eye-opening and little known look into the reality of what we have lost and what little there is to try to protect for the future.  Sad.  I do have some hope that we can get some policy in place to protect these last few remaining stands.  
2 months ago
Jocelyn actually posted about this 4 years ago in a lichen thread:  here's the link to her post: Jocelyn permie post Here's the article in the Atlantic that she linked to in her post:
2 months ago
Well, folks, it's taken me a while to jump back into permies as I have been super full of a bunch of other things, but when I read this exciting article I thought I really need to share it.   Even though this is a 2016 article I had never heard of it, and I really love lichens so this is pretty cool to me in a super lichen nerdy kind of way!   Interestingly for me, also, the findings were spurred on by the preliminary work of the somewhat local to me, world-renowned, master lichenologist Trevor Goward and were discovered by one of his proteges who is local to the Permies base in Montana.  

So the gist of the article is that rather than just having a fungal and algal symbiosis, as science had previously determined and which formed the definition of this large group of ancient species, it was recently discovered by Toby Spribille and John McCutcheon of the University of Montana that variation from the typical duo is due to the additional involvement forming a trinity by a type of yeast (hence the three sisters-which I shamelessly threw into the title for the sake of permies click bate! --Ha! ).  This explained Goward's work that showed two types of lichen that had different DNA genetic expressions (one poisonous and the other edible), despite having the same genetic DNA structure between the Fungi and Algal partners.  The first link will be the article done online with CBC, and the second to the study published in Science.  Peace, Wild thangs, and the continuous unfolding and expansion of understanding ~ Roberto.

CBC Article

Study published in SCIENCE

2 months ago
With the election of a new majority government, and yet to be announced Cabinet ministers, there is a further need to urge the staff of the Ministry of Forests to set the stage for our new minister to implement the recommendations of the Old Growth Review Panel.

The following is a clip from the letter-writing tool that has used in this new campaign.  Please, if you have interest in the subject of this thread, I urge you to create a letter, using these talking points as inspiration, and then insert it into their tool to send it as an email to ministry staff.  ...and following that is the link to the email tool.


   Less than 1% of forests in B.C. have large, old growth trees still standing
   Most of these old growth forests in B.C. are still open to logging
   The new majority government campaigned on an election promise to implement all 14 of the old growth review panel recommendations, which you received in April
   The most urgent recommendation was to ban the logging of at-risk old growth forests within 6 months
   50,000+ people have signed a petition to end logging in at-risk old growth forests across B.C.
   While we are waiting for cabinet to be announced, Ministry staff should prepare a detailed plan for the next Minister of Forests to take necessary action
   Your Ministry already has the necessary information to recommend key areas for immediate logging deferrals
   The government’s announcement of logging deferrals for 350,000 hectares of land in September only included 3,800 hectares of at-risk old growth forests: these types of misleading announcements erode public trust in your work
   You must ensure that the Ministry is equipped to work with, and support, Indigenous Nations on long-term protection plans
   Will you please respond with confirmation that you have received this email and advise the new Minister of Forests accordingly?

[size=18]SEND YOUR EMAIL HERE[/size]

5 months ago

I've even tried those sites where you go through a multi-page personality test to try and match people who are compatible, but they just don't have a category for "I'm a borderline-autistic plant-obsessed science-geek and a Christian, who identifies as a wood elf."

 I can relate to being slightly similarly uncategorizable through such mechanisms.  I sympathize.  

Back to the subject of this thread:

Minds are not like other minds.  They evolve from singular origins and are affected by individual experiences.  

"Like-minded" has to mean that the person thinks (or agrees with the thinking) along the same lines as what is detailed in your own profile.  This does not mean that they think in all ways, always like you, but that they share your thinking about how you expressed your paradigm, or how you view the external paradigm as expressed in your profile.  

Anything that expects something beyond that way of understanding the phrase has to be laziness, in my way of thinking.

The nature of this thread's subject is the reason why my own dating profile (when I spend enough energy to care about such things)  has always been an essay.  ...but also why I get people both complimenting me on the details and extensive nature of it and also on my lack of hits from like-minded people, as there are so few anarchist, gnostic, yogic, permaculturalist bushfreak communitarians out there.  
5 months ago

I admit that the movie "Planet of the Humans" seemed to be all about scare-mongering and nothing about simple, positive things we can do to help correct the problem.

 There were pretty much zero solutions offered, and population control was alluded to, but there is no direction on how they proposed to achieve that.  I've seen a few Eugenics conspiracy things to know that leaving that wide open is pretty dangerous.  I won't get into that, but I'll leave you with knowing that I am no fan.

Although I'm concerned that there are too many humans on the earth, (mainly because our growth rate is climbing rapidly - I'd be less concerned if world-wide, we'd already plateaued) the Rebuttal video concretely states that the "problem" is not with the places with a higher birth rate, but with "techno" society (Europe and North America in particular, but Asia is striving to catch up)

I don't think we really have a population problem.  A rapidly expanding population is a symptom of an imbalanced and uncertain situation.  That is the problem.  Given stability, populations stabilize.  The unfortunate thing, at this time in history, about that is that most of the areas that have exploding populations are post-colonial messes and are in a cultural phase of third world poverty highlighted by an imminent and pervasive struggle to survive.   Compounding that is that many of these people see the consumer culture of the west as something heavenly that they should dream of attaining, as they see, consciously or unconsciously, that first world economics/lifestyle are a place of security and stability (and relative to their situation, it clearly is, so they are not deluding themselves at all).  So as their lifestyles stabilize, they want more of this 'dream' lifestyle, and end up becoming part of the problem.  If we can get them on the track of permaculture/regenerative ag, then we stop at least some of that in its tracks.  The numbers have been crunched and it seems that we can conceivably feed the entire planet on a 1/4 of the land presently being utilized for agriculture if we turned to regenerative agriculture and permaculture, and brought our global and personal meat consumption down to the very reasonable norms that were present a hundred years ago.  And then if we regenerate all the land that has degraded, then we are really able to sustain a population.  I think, that if our environmental and social situation gets under control then our population will stabilize and even drop (Most first-world economies/nations need immigration to have stable populations0.

our huge waste of power and resources on frivolous, short-lived products. When I was a child, our single telephone lasted 20 years, until "push-button phones" came along. Now a 5-year-old cell phone is considered old and frequently unusable, is just one example.  

 To top it off, our old phone that lasted 20 years or more had hardly any technology in it, and barely any carbon or resource footprint in comparison to a modern 'phone' which is essentially a handheld computer, with lots of rare metals and both a huge carbon and resource footprints.  

I've read two of the books presented by the rebuttal video - Burn and Drawdown.

 I'm nearly finished burn and was considering ordering drawdown and the Citizens Guide to Climate Success from the library.

 we need some of these solutions on *much* larger scale than our backyards, but that will take far more political will than I'm seeing here in Canada, despite the fact that many "green initiatives" forced on companies initially by either public pressure or governmental orders, were quickly discovered to actually save the companies' money.

 I think that a tipping point on that is coming pretty soon.  I'm hopeful that the new political situation South of the border with its probable re-engagement with the Paris Accord, will spur the horse, (so to speak) even North of the border as our economics are so closely tied.

At least biochar (which Burn focuses on) is something I can do on my own property. I'd like to do it on a larger scale, but as was validly pointed out, chopping down live trees to solve the "energy crisis" does more harm than good! Thus I'm relying on making more effort to find a way to biochar invasive species in my region - the problem is the solution!

 Yes, killing forests to create energy is hugely stupid, but regenerating a fraction of a huge area devastated by wildfire with a stand of trees destined to be coppiced for the purpose of making biochar (which also would supply heat or electricity or both) to replace coal in concrete and steel manufacturing would do much more good than harm.  I believe it could be carbon negative to many degrees.  What the wood to biomass to energy thing was doing, was that it was a process of burning the wood, or dried pulverized wood, or wood pellets, to try to substitute for coal, and that was not at all efficient or an equivalent energy supplement. At the same time the biowaste burning was removing forests that were sequestering carbon.  On 8-10 year rotation cycles even in B.C., we could create deciduous coppice groves that would provide all our energy needs, on land that is presently not producing much of any potential for carbon sequestration.  In addition, the (9/10ths)  parts of the coppice system that are annually left to grow would be a biological wonder filled with nesting migratory songbirds which thrive in such forests (and which would aid in the revegetating of the region), particularly if saskatoon and mountain ash (both with flowers and berries) are incorporated in the groves.  The living roots of the harvested trees would still largely hold the sequestered carbon in their soil root system, and this would subsequently expand as new top shoot/leaf growth was established.  
5 months ago

I worked back country trail crew in Glacier National Park back in the early 70's and we called those snags "widow makers".

 We call them widow makers here as well.  

We have wolves here, but have only seen the tracks this past year.  Enough people and dogs around that they do seem to stay back a bit.  For now.

 I still haven't seen a wolf on my land yet, but have seen the tracks of every major predator on it or slightly off of it, so I know that they are there, at least occasionally.  Seen, black bears, foxes, coyotes, lynx and grizzlies.  Seen tracks of cougar, wolverine, martin, wolf...  I'll be more concerned if I start to get livestock.  I'll likely get a dog or two.  We also have a lot of larger herbivore potentially on the land, 2 varieties of deer, moose, elk, and although unlikely mountain goats and mountain sheep do sometimes come down to this elevation.  All of the latter can be very unpredictable creatures, though they, like the predators, tend to keep their distance from people (and rifles).  Since I live near a good sized dairy operation, rifle training is pretty intense around here.

Having spent a few unexpected nights out in the woods myself, I tip my hat to Roberto!! Very glad that he made it out ok and was able to share his experience with us.  

I'll be that you have some stories to tell, Dennis.  Feel free to write up one or more  of your unexpected overnight adventures, and cut-and-paste it into a post in this thread.  By sharing our experiences, we may save someone else pain, heartache, or worse.

5 months ago
Here is a pretty serious rebuttal of many of the ideas from this movie, as well as, in the end, referencing a few really good books, one of which (Burn: Using Fire to Cool the Earth) I am currently reading.
5 months ago
I can totally relate, Dennis Barlow.  Thanks for sharing.  Although I'm 20 years younger, my thoughts are often on 'what it'.  I have 40 acres and just a couple of days ago went there to clear limbs from trees encroaching on an existing road that I want to gain access into (I have to build a bridge to get to th old road with my truck as it enters my land from somebody else's).  Even though this is a very easy access part of my property (I walk on a plank, the creek isn't very big), I still carry a backpack into the area with minimum gear, but still some of it, including water and first aid and a fire kit and a coat and spare sweater.  I've got a broken dominant right wrist in a cast and I was going a bit stir crazy (I'm off work), so I decided to go try to do some left-handed hand saw work on this road.

There were fresh wolf tracks in the snow.  A neighbor informed me last week that a grizzly sow and 3 mature cubs were seen coming out of my driveway. It's prime season for moose to be at low elevations; and far more people are killed by moose and other ungulate herbivores than by bears and wolves combined, despite the irrational fears and projections of people against those 'predators'.  

The potential is there for lots of things to go sideways, and keeping a keen eye and ear out for anything potentially dangerous is always wise.  A dead leaning tree can kill a person faster than a wolf.  No danger really occurred the other day, but it's good to take note of things like wolf tracks, how fresh they are in the snow, which direction they were headed, etc., and maybe I shouldn't spend a bunch of time under this leaning dead poplar...  

One time, a few years ago, I heard a grouse explode out of a hiding place, but I hadn't started it.  I was too far away.  Grouse only do that when you are almost on top of them.  So I stopped and looked and listened, and sure enough, I saw a lynx off in that direction, and it took a while before it moved, first it's head then slowly moved one leg at a time as it slowly changed directions toward the grouse... I'd love to have had my binoculars on that day, but just the same, it is always a gift to pay attention.    
5 months ago