Mission: to build a comprehensive, cross-disciplinary platform of ideas and resources and a network of informed, committed and empowered activists, to enable the fullest possible restoration of our planet's life support systems at every geographic scale and in every time frame from weeks to centuries.
Above: new 900 South Oxbow Nature Park, west bank Jordan River, Salt Lake City, Utah
Think globally, act locally:we're doing it right here every single day at the world headquarters of the Earth Restoration Network.
The photo above shows a brand new "nature park", which exists entirely because of spontaneous, citizen-based, local initiative right here in my neighborhood. Salt Lake valley's only river--the Jordan River--flows right past my home, under my kitchen, living room, and dining room windows. Just a couple of hundred yards downstream, the new wetlands pond shown above was installed last fall, within a brand new nature park. Per our recommendations, all non-native plants were removed from this 6-acre parcel of land--formerly a weed lot with a railroad line crossing it--the new wetlands pond was scooped out, river water was directed through intake and outflow pipes across the pond, and the entire site was replanted with native plants. This is a "nature park"-- a place where Nature rules. Yes there are wildlife observation stations and a graveled hiking trail running around the perimeter. But that's it. The rest is "nature" as God and evolution designed it. Already, after drenching spring rains,
But our organization's "Jordan River Restoration Project" has gone much, much further with this great "nature park" idea. We have launched a citizen-based initiative to create not just one, but seventeen additional nature parks, forming a continuous green chain along the Jordan River corridor all the way across Salt Lake City. A total of 800 acres of restored wildlife habitat, smack in the center of the largest metropolitan area in our Intermountain West region, and a critical missing urban choke-point link in overlapping arms of not one but two international migratory bird flyways. And we propose that this chain of life right through the center of our city be extended, over time, all the way down the entire length of our small, 55-mile river--all the way "from "lake"(Utah Lake, upstream) to "lake" (the Great Salt Lake, downstream). See the links below for a full description of our visionary plan. Here's a partial map:
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TrekWest Does UtahLast Updated on 2015-02-07 08:59:03all photos c. Ray Wheeler except where otherwise noted in the caption
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One man's muscle-powered journey of discovery across the North American Continent
10 months, 7,000 miles
Backpacking -- Horse Packing -- Biking -- Whitewater Rafting
The Western Wildway is a 6,000-mile-long tri-national wildlife corridor identified through more than a decade of science-based conservation mapping and research in the intermountain West. Protecting the Western Wildway represents North America’s best chance to ensure the survival of many threatened keystone species that require long-distance movement pathways, including... More »
MESA Debut March 2013Last Updated on 2013-05-22 23:45:28On March 23, 2013, MESA made its public debut when Charles Nuckolls, Ty Markham, and many other founding members met with other environmental activists to march to the gates of the Chevron Refinery in Salt Lake City to protest the ongoing role of Chevron in promoting tar sands developement in Utah More »
A Tale of Two RiversLast Updated on 2013-04-12 00:00:00
--To download the Earth Restoration Network's comments on the Jordan River Commission's
Best Practices For Riverfront Communities document of the Jordan River Commission
May 5, 2013
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