111 Ivanhoe Drive, Swannanoa, NC 28778
"Restoration practitioners do not carry out the actual work of ecosystem recovery. Rather, they create the conditions needed for recovery so the plants, animals, and microorganisms can carry out the work of recovery themselves. Assisting recovery can be as simple as removing an invasive species or reintroducing a lost species or a lost function (like fire); or as complex as altering landforms, planting vegetation, changing the hydrology, and reintroducing wildlife.
The goal of ecological restoration is to return a degraded ecosystem to its historic trajectory, not its historic condition."
- Society for Ecological Restoration
Work with the parcels’ immediate neighbors to gain their support for the project. Listen to any concerns and explore ways to address them.
Undertake an ecological survey of the plants, animals terrain, soil and general ecology of the parcel, and detail long range goals to restore and enhance the property including walking paths and public access for visitors. Make this plan as detailed and complete as possible to use as a roadmap for future development of the property..
Explore ways to inform the community of the project and solicit participation. Make all maps, project details and future plans available for the public to view and comment on.
Begin to research appropriate grant funding - focusing on areas of non-native species eradication, restoration of waterways, habitat restoration, community parks and recreation, environmental education and historical restoration.
Begin cleanup of property.
Set up public access through-ways.
Define the various habitats and take steps to control Alien Invasive Species within the park.
Work to realize the plan and adjust as necessary.
Work to enlist partners and realize grant funding.
Organize an increasingly strong community support network.
This handbook , it is hoped, will serve as a guide for those of us working to bring this project to life.
Remember, we are here to help the ecosystem find it's own path to health. Our job is to aid the natural systems to do what they have evolved over millennia to do....