Central Point Land - 7 acres, Zip Code 97502

Ideas and observations about the land I'm renting in Central Point, Oregon and how to take the ecosystem to its maximum generosity.

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Central Point Land - 7 acres, Zip Code 97502 by Mind Map: Central Point Land - 7 acres, Zip Code 97502

1. A few pines around

2. Gambel Oaks

2.1. Gambels dominate the landscape on the eastern hillside and hilltop

2.1.1. Strengthen the ecosystem by increasing tree diversity... and stack functions by planting... Fruit trees! Fruits humans love! Fruits deer love too, to distract from the veggie garden! Fruits birds love too, to distract them from the veggie garden!

2.2. Fruit

2.2.1. Attraction?

2.2.2. Edible?

2.3. Woodpeckers!

2.4. Dropped leaves

2.4.1. Last week: no rain for weeks, 100 degrees F, and under 2-6 inches of leaves, the soil is black and moist! Add compost to wet areas to accelerate decay and accelerate ecosystem maturity Introduce mycelium to the wet areas to accelerate the ecosystem maturity Dig out chinampas and swales at the hill bottom to retain more water on the land

3. Lots of songbirds

3.1. Very active from sunrise mid morning

3.2. Quieter in the afternoon

3.3. Quieter on rainy days

3.4. Fill the existing birdfeeders with seeds that can grow and bring more plant diversity

4. The house is on the eastern slope

4.1. Gets warm in the morning

4.2. Holds heat all day

4.2.1. Hot in hot summer! Plant grape arbors around the house Leaves shade in summer Bare vines in winter let the sun through! Grapes! Cool design opportunities... viva Vertecology! Work in a solar chimney that can be opened in summer and closed in winter

4.2.2. Warm in the cold winter

5. Wild Turkeys

5.1. Active in the early AM

6. War between the US and the indigenous people 1850's to 1860's

6.1. Logging, clearcutting?

6.1.1. Second generation forest

7. Lots of mosquitoes in the evening

8. Frogs audible at night

8.1. Water somewhere nearby

8.1.1. Introduce mosquito fish

9. Well depth: 6 feet

9.1. Very high water table

10. Tall grasses at the bottom of the hill and in the valley

10.1. Pioneer species

10.2. Some of the grass has been mowed to less than 6 inches

10.2.1. In low grassland: no rain for weeks, 100 degrees F, and the soil is dust! Mowing the grass = permanent, dry dusty soil. Mowing = short term elimination of the fire hazard but long term stunting of evolutionary succession and permanent fire worry. Introduce mowing alternatives...

11. Future scenarios

11.1. The permaculture/wildcrafting scenario: the forest creeps down the hillside. Temperature changes dampen. More lush, robust, human sustaining and diverse ecology.

11.2. Desertification future scenario: flash floods, erosion, the land can't hold water and the ecology fades.

12. Wire around former veggie garden

12.1. Deer in the veggie garden!

13. How to read this mindmap - what the colors mean

13.1. Direct Observation

13.2. Conclusion from observation

13.3. Research

13.4. Solutions and Opportunities!