What is Land Restoration?
Land Restoration entails our Holistically (heal/regenerate) itself so that it is suited for both human activity and the growth of plants and animals.
The need of land restoration
Globally Land Restoration entails improving a piece of land and returning it to its natural state so that it is suited for both human activity and the growth of plants and animals. In the wake of a natural or man-made disaster, or after the land has been severely used for agriculture or industry, this approach is frequently used to regenerate the area. Although the process can be quite expensive and labor-intensive, some heavily contaminated or toxic areas have been successfully restored with the help of land restoration services.
Historically in Central Texas farmers grew cotton was grown till soil was barren. Ranchers’ stocking to many cows with to little grass to support them depleted the soil to. Both created erosion problems, as well as water quality. Oil and Gas followed up with more of the same. The lack of prescribed fire as well as other good Stewardship practices transformed Central Texas land into a huge cedar (juniper) forest with catastrophic fuel loads that threaten people and places. Add current urban land development and the continued absence of Holistic prescribed fire or mechanical land management land restoration services becomes important for you and everyone else.
In the Texas hill country cedar (juniper) as well as other small trees and brush grow quickly and the resulting thickness of brush leads to negative water conservation (competition), lack of forage for wildlife and increase threats of catastrophic fuel loads waiting for ignition.
It is much the same in the Post Oak Savanna of South Central Texas except with, mesquite, and eastern red cedar as the culprits.
Why it is needed
Globally without land restoration, we have no hope against global crises. Without coordinated measures to restore our natural capital and reform our food systems, it will be impossible to provide food and water security, reduce emissions, and preserve biodiversity.
The basis of our societies is the land. The products of the land account for more than half of the world GDP. The majority of the food we eat, 99.9%, comes from land.
Over three billion people already have their security and way of life threatened by land degradation. We have the means to build economies and societies that are stronger and more resilient, with tools like more ethical land management, long-term strategic planning, and financial investments that safeguard and restore the environment.
A global issue can be minimized at local levels by you–through land restoration services in Texas–while enjoying socioeconomic benefits for yourself and your community.
In Central Texas using mechanical mulching (clearing without fire) Then Prescribed Burns (cools fire down) reduces the competition for rain water to nurture all as well as add to ground water. This helps man and nature in a drought as well as contributing to cycle of ocean to atmosphere to land mass to rivers and back to ocean.
The Benefit of Land Restoration
Globally According to research, improving degraded land yields an estimated $7–$30 in economic benefits for every $1 invested, including better agricultural production, carbon sequestration, and water quality.
Benefits of restoration also include jobs, better nutrition, and higher revenues. The solution lies in formulating a comprehensive, natural-based strategy that takes into account the interrelated problems of inequality, biodiversity loss, accelerated climate change, and unsustainable supply networks.
The best course of action is frequently to let nature take care of the task through natural regeneration with a little help from land restoration companies.
In Central Texas as arborist we thin out unwanted brush and small trees selectively (leaving forage plants and shelter) along with our forestry mower doing the same. With client we prioritize tree care of the medium to large tree thinning in a site specific way(specimen, unique terrain features etc.) The result is a mosaic landscape good for wildlife forage and shelter. Trails (trails, paths, maintenance roads), pocket meadows (forage and flowers), and wood lands (shaded fuel breaks) ready for Prescribed Burns) for human enjoyment (pleasure of being there). Clean water and healthy soil for both (Spiritually rewarding). We custom craft a home place for people and wildlife to share.
What you can do
Learn how land deteriorates and what actions can help it recover. Deforestation and clear-cutting, application of agricultural chemicals, mono cropped industrial agriculture, land clearing, mining, overgrazing by livestock, damage from recreation, invasive and noxious species, prolonged drought, and extreme weather events are all sources of land degradation, particularly soil erosion.
Look for a volunteer position with a local restoration initiative.
Fields and stream banks that are eroding can be stabilized by planting trees as part of agroforestry projects.
Likewise, promoting the regrowth of native vegetation can help erosion. Soil carbon reserves can be increased through regenerative agriculture.
In Central Texas more people (land stewards) who service the needs of the land collectively reduce wildfire severity through mechanical forestry mulching with prescribed fire. The mulch captures and conserves rain in water table which provide for plants, trees, wildlife, and agriculture, as well as, Vibrant Urban places. Good for locals’ while combating Global Climate Change for Planet Earth (US).
To do your part in making the surroundings around you beautiful and beneficial again, get in touch with land restoration service in Austin Tx from the Natural Texas website.