Some examples of the different kinds of specific landscapes we work with are creekside/riparian areas, marshy wetlands, oak savannahs, and old growth forests.
Creekside/riparian areas are typically wet and shady. Some of the benefits of healthy riparian zones according to the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife include better varieties of habitat for wildlife, increased water during summer low flow periods, erosion control through protective vegetation, and flood control.
Marshy wetlands are usually wet and sunny. Per the ODFW , wetlands “improve water quality by trapping sediments and toxins, recharge aquifers, store water, and reduce the severity of floods. Restoration and careful management of wet meadow systems and other wetlands can increase sustainable production of forage for livestock and increase late-season stream flows.”
Oak savannahs are dry, sunny areas that consist of open grasslands with scattered oak trees. In the past these areas covered a million acres in the Willamette Valley.
Old Growth Forest
Old growth forest refers to a dry, shady area of forest that hasn’t experienced any large-scale human intervention in generally 100-200 years. The Pacific Northwest old growth forest is globally unique for its climate, biodiversity, and age and size of its trees .
Some examples of the edible landscapes we work with include food forests, permaculture projects, urban farms, and vegetable gardens.