Saturday, March 29, 2008


Ecotrust is a unique and amazing group working towards actualizing bioregional life way, it is my pleasure to introduce you to them if you have not allready met them...


The Ecotrust Mission: To Build Salmon Nation
Citizens of Salmon Nation want to live in a place where economic, ecological, and social conditions are improving, where a "conservation economy" is emerging.
Our bioregion: the Pacific salmon / coastal temperate rain forest region from California to Alaska
Ecotrust was created in 1991 by a small group of diverse people who sought to bring some of the good ideas emerging around sustainability back to the rain forests of home. We set out to characterize this region and articulate a more enduring strategy for its prosperity.
These efforts are predicated on the notion, gaining an ever wider currency, that economic and ecological systems are mutually interdependent. To this relationship Ecotrust and others have sought to add a third "e" — social equity — to ensure that economic development awards benefits to all the region's citizens. Economy, ecology, equity: the triple bottom line.
Five integrated program areas, supported by our sophisticated tools and services, define and guide our efforts to build Salmon Nation:
Native Programs
Continuously strengthening over a decade of close relationships, Ecotrust both draws guidance from and provides assistance to the Native American and First Nation communities of Salmon Nation. Our objective is to support a growing network of leaders, increase outdoor education opportunities for native youth, and broker resources for repatriation and improved management of traditional lands.
Ecotrust seeks full public disclosure of the status of Pacific salmon as well as fundamental institutional changes in the way fisheries, marine ecosystems and watersheds are managed. With our State of the Salmon project, our goal is to create the most credible single source of information about salmon and salmon dependent communities, produce new models for socio-economic and ecological analysis, and protect and restore critical salmon watersheds.
Ecotrust is working to develop landscape-scale examples of ecological forest management that sustain biodiversity and provide more reliable opportunities for forest dependent communities. Our objective is to develop new socio-economic models of traditional versus ecological forestry, protect key remaining natural-forest watersheds, and capture market forces to encourage new salmon-friendly forest practices.
Food & Farms
By promoting the seasonal products of local farmers and striving to reduce the environmental impact of agriculture on healthy watersheds, Ecotrust is fostering a regional food system in the Pacific Northwest. Our objectives are to improve public understanding of local agriculture and increase the market share of locally grown food.
Ecotrust works to articulate the idea of Salmon Nation, to promote a sense of place and stewardship among the citizens of the region. We seek to reach a significant percentage of this region’s residents, inspiring them to tangibly change the way they think about their relationship to nature and to become more responsible citizens of Salmon Nation.

Salmon Nation

Salmon Nation is a bioregional project established by the organization called ecotrust.

It is a way of looking at the bioregion based upon is primary relationship with its most important food source, the other-than-human-person we have come to know as Salmon people.
Salmon Nation reminds us of the primary importance of this other-than-human-person to the great bioregion of Cascadia and beyond, through this work being done by Salmon Nation we begin to understand that making the world safe and healthy for salmon makes the world safe and healthy for human-people.

Please take a look at their web page and become an ambassador of Salmon Nation.

Become an Ambassador of Salmon Nation
Through the Salmon Nation Ambassadors project, we seek to jumpstart and support the creativity of citizens throughout the region on behalf of a civic society. A Salmon Nation Ambassador is any individual who is inspired by Salmon Nation and acts as a spokesperson to reach citizens beyond the typical avenues of environmental or social activism.
What do Ambassadors do?
They use Salmon Nation to help connect people to place and foster a new type of economic relationship with the landscape and community.
They are involved in work that enhances the vitality of the bioregion.
They work to bridge urban-rural divides.
They act as a conduit for information from the citizenry that helps inform Ecotrust's Citizenship program.
They are financially independent from Ecotrust, although they occasionally engage in a fiscal sponsor relationship with Ecotrust if foundation grants are available.
Ambassadors often resell Salmon Nation merchandise or distribute other materials to their communities. Discounted pricing on merchandise is available, and most other content is available for free.
To learn more, please contact Howard Silverman, either by phone at 503.227.6225 or
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by email.

Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Bioregional animist convergence

Bioregional Animist Convergence: sharing place

This summer solstice we will be holding a Bioregional Animist Convergence- a meet and camp out- somewhere in Washington.
The location is still up in the air because we don't know how many people will be attending. So far, potential locations have been: near Spokane, Lummi Island, and the Skokomish forest near the Skokomish tribes reservation. Though the event will be hosted in Washington, the idea is for bioregional animists of all bioregions to converge and share their relationship with their place. If you have the relationship, the means, and the desire, we look forward to honoring the relations of diverse bioregions together.

Discussions on Bioregional Animism will be led by Little Lightening Bolt and specific events and groups will be organized by those attending, hopefully including such topics as interspecies communication, the importance of sacred states of consciousness to animist people, local foods and their importance to bioregionalism and animism, etc. As planning for the convergence progresses, so will the specifics of the break-out events. We will also hold a collective group ceremony on solstice, opening ourselves to the life place and its people, asking the life place and its people to guide us in establishing a sacred way of relating to the space on this important day.
It will be a camp out which will require people attending to provide for their own needs. Encouraging self sufficiency, the way of the heron- a bird person of the Cascadia life place- we will ask that you bring enough of whatever you need to sustain yourself for the days of the convergence and perhaps a little more to share. A space will be available for camping, but we are not sure if this space will require a base fee for the group... once we have a better idea of how many people would like to attend, we will be able to determine where to host it and if there will be any cost to camp. Do be prepared to provide your own food, shelter, water and toiletries.

I would like to inquire about who is interested in attending and what people would like to see happen at this convergence. It will be for you, and for us all, and for our collective spaces, so what each of us puts into it, all of us will get out of it.
please contact LLB and let him know your thoughts.
please see the invite on this tribes events list.
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Medicine of Place

Bookmonger: Spring Thoughts Turn to Plants

Spring has sprung up in my soul, if not on the calendar quite yet, and it was helped along by the books I read this week.
"Medicine of Place" is a labor of love spearheaded by Julia Brayshaw, with collaboration from artist Karen Lohmann. Both women hail from Olympia.
Drawing from her two vocations as a psychotherapist and a flower essence practitioner, Brayshaw makes an argument for the healing qualities of Cascadia's wildflowers. She suggests that the patterns and ecology of the native plants of our bioregion can offer not just relief for physical maladies, but spiritual tonic as well.

Medicine of Place

By Julia M. Brayshaw
Alchemia. 214 pages. $34.99.

Brayshaw provides monograms of 33 wildflowers found in the Pacific Northwest, from grass widow, which begins blooming as early as January, to explorer's gentian, which blossoms at the end of the growing season.
For each flower, she gives the botanical description and geographical range. A section on habitat and ecology discusses the plant's web of relationships, and sometimes includes the effects humans have had. The camas, for example, was a sustainable staple in the diet of Native Americans. Later, the agricultural practices of settlers contributed to the severe decline of the flower.
Brayshaw also lyrically describes the "gesture" of each flower — its physical characteristics — before moving on to the chief focus: the flower's "medicine story." These portraits propose ways of considering the flower's message or inspiration.
And the deck of over-sized cards, with wildflower images painted by Karen Lohmann, invites the same kind of involvement, with suggestions about using the cards to develop a more intuitive connection with plants. It may sound a little "woo-woo" for the more hard-boiled among us, but I found it to be a fun, mind-expanding exercise, if not quite as transformational as the author might have hoped.
Another new book that covers much of the same literal territory is the "Encyclopedia of Northwest Native Plants," compiled by three more plant experts out of southwestern Washington.
This reference features over 500 species of native plants that can be incorporated into Northwest gardens, with the aim of restoring some of the biodiversity that has been ripped out by development over the last century and a half.
The entries include advice on propagation, siting and cultivation, and there are lists of plants to include in hedgerows, meadows, and more.
Armed with multiple degrees in botany, author Kathleen A. Robson has worked for the U.S. Forest Service and as an adjunct faculty member for Washington State University, and currently operates a native plant nursery in Woodland. Her affection for these plants shines through in her authoritative descriptions of even the humblest bulbs and grasses.
Gorgeous photographs by Master Gardener Alice Richter and pen and ink botanical drawings by Marianne Filbert enhance this inspiring resource from Portland's Timber Press.