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Restoration – Work in Progress
It might be the impression that the work of restoration in nature means the reversion to what was originally there. While that impression might stimulate ideals, it is generally an unattainable goal which excludes a key element. That element is us, the modern human. With this in mind, the work of restoration more likely reflects our relationship with the natural world. Just as we work in our gardens, cultivating and weeding, our surroundings become a reflection of our culture’s priorities.
To illustrate this point, in the first hundred years of California statehood, the governing cultural priority involving nature was generally that of recreating the European landscape and resource extraction for economic growth. The valleys were drained for farming and livestock. The rivers were dammed for water and power. The mountains and rivers were mined for gold and minerals. The forests were extensively cut for fuel and building the cities. And, the networks of transportation and power transmission were installed. With this work, the character of the landscape changed dramatically from what was product of the native culture to what we now inhabit. When we reset our priorities to involve the restoration of nature, as has happened in small steps during the past hundred years, we find tangible evidence of our culture changing. Consequently, our efforts to restore our natural surrounding will require us to change ourselves, our priorities and eventually our culture.
The restoration work shown here is more than creating habitat or rescuing a creature from extinction. This work illustrates the creation of a supporting network of government, schools, communities, businesses and individuals. It also shows a reflection of ourselves with a vision of this place we live in and what we will pass on to future generations.
Here is a 15 year progression of photographs taken of restoration work done on Streeter Creek near Laytonville. The work was done by the land owners and Bioengineering Associates with some matching funding from State and Federal grants.
Digital photographs by Evan Engber