by Lee Pelley
GEOPONICS is a derivative of Land Management. It involves ways to work within the new environmental restrictions. It has an anthropocentric (human oriented) focus.
Most of the differences in the GEOPONICS approach to Land Management are pretty simple. One example: in planting a stand of trees for future harvest, leaving the branches all the way to the ground on a select few will make the stand more wildlife-friendly, by providing cover. Such branches can be left on trees well inside the stand, so that the branches will not grow large and make overly knotty wood. All the rest of the stand can have its branches elevated (trimmed off) to encourage resulting clean logs ("clean" = free of knots.)
Geoponics distinction from Land Management
Legal restrictions of land use (new)
S=Size (SYLVAN) F=Function (Forest) L=Law (Leef)
The normal way to proceed with managing a piece of land is to take up where your parents left off and continue what they did. This will not likely work any more. New environmental rules, greater competition than ever, disease and a thousand other things have changed everything forever. The environmental rules, harsh as they are, are belated/a patch job on a leaking ship/in many cases, far too late. It's OUR environment we're talking about--not someone else's.
Finally, most of them are the LOWEST COMMON DENOMINATOR between extreme views.
--Has anyone here ever water-skiied?
Walked a great distance? (20 miles or so.)
--It was work, wasn't it? Sweat, effort, a great deal of time used up for something you were not certain would achieve the results you wanted?
There are usually AT LEAST two ways to do anything: you've always a choice between time and money. Either way involves effort. (Working for the money, or enjoying the work itself.)
The Greatness of Oregon
--population density here is extraordinarily low.
--Oregon is made up of 96,000 square miles
--England is 50,930 square miles
--population OREGON is only 3,421,399 people
--population ENGLAND is 49,138,831 people
-- Here, in Douglas County, population is 27.3 per square mile
--Closer to home, Washington state has roughly half the land mass and TWICE as many people.
--Meantime, there are at least 6 people available for every job you want.
--Think more. Use the brain muscle more than your back. Remember, there is always more than one way to do anything. ALWAYS!!!
SPECIAL THINGS about Oregon
#1. You (and I) have the potential to demand the retention of open land.
#2. Trees grow faster here (PNW) than anywhere else in the world. Reasons are complex, having to do with soil pH, soil bacteria, temperature, weather, possibly the newness of the mountains.
Incidentally, the land itself is formed differently here than east of the Rockies: the land here is basically flat, with recently risen mountains throughout.
East of here, flats in land come from mountain erosion. (Totally different)
#3. Temperature difference between night and day is the big deal here between winter and summer. (NY as example: begins snowing in September; stops in May.)
Between day & night HERE, temperature difference grows in fall. By winter,
difference is substantial. (Spring/summer same.)
#4. People here care about where they live (priceless) win/win situation
(Elsewhere, a transient culture dominates. "Moving on up.")
#5. mundane level: not honking at traffic lights
KEEP THE LAND OPEN
Should you choose to leave Oregon, remember to avoid areas that are rated as "fastest-growing."
A few other things that are different about Oregon:
--Not everything is necessarily for sale. (Eastern city to city thing)
--There is less specialization here than elsewhere, greater diversity
--Though Oregon represents only 2% of the nation, it produces well over 20% of the nationís lumber. Trees grow faster in the Pacific Northwest than any other place in the world.
--Bottom may drop out of cattle market, because of Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy. <<<Serious stuff, that.
--Hundred-year drought cycle just beginning.
--All of human history to 1800: 1st billion people/130 years later, (1930) 2 billion/30 years later, (1960) 3 billion/15 years later, (1975) 4 billion
--12 years later, (1987, midsummer) 5 billion/9.5 years later, (1997) we hit 6 billion
--In your lifetime, we are bound to reach 12 billion people.
--1.3 times current population is the increase each year.
--Each week, 2, 397, 192 new people are born (at todayís rate)
--Each month, itís 10,273,680 new people
Surprisingly, there seems to be less biodiversity in VEGETATION here than in NY (This may very well be because I knew that land better, but I suspect not.)
NEW YORK (21)
Maple --at least 4 kinds (soft & hard)
Elm (slippery, red, white)
Cherry (Wild Mazzard, pin, black, choke)
Pines (huge variety)
Larch (Hackmatack & tamarisk)
Cedar (Red & White)
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