Regeneration Projects

Integrated Water Harvesting Earthworks 

Restoring Ecosystems with Permaculture Design

The project’s success … has demonstrated the dramatic impact … PINA’s carefully targeted funding can make on critical … projects in land, community, and climate regeneration.

Your help can move these efforts forward. Support PINA and our ability to fund important projects like this one by donating to the PINA Fund for Regeneration.

After winning The Permaculture Institute of North America (PINA) 2018 Design Contest, Tao Orion and Abel Kloster used the $5,000 award to build a strategically important and multifunctional pond at a permaculture site near Cottage Grove, Oregon.

Climate change and industrial forestry clear-cuts on neighboring land have led to ever more serious drought conditions at thisenvironmental education center and sustainable forest management demonstration in the middle Willamette Valley. In 2017, participants at the Center’s Advanced Permaculture Practicum on Water and Forestry laid out a plan for a Keyline forestry system that included the large pond at the top of the site its managers had long dreamed of creating. They realized it would be central to their long-term plan to rehydrate the entire catchment. Detailed surveying work demonstrated that the pond could be placed to maximize gravitational pressure (head) for fire mitigation. An overflow channel would carry water across the ridge to rehydrate one of the hottest and driest parts of the site, while also providing much-needed road access into the northeastern section of the property, extending the reach of theirsustainable forestry operations into this remote area.

The water harvesting earthworks are now actively rehydrating the heavily impacted watershed. The new pond has increased water retention and extended stream flow later into the dry season, while improving access to the site’s … managed forest tracts.

Film produced by Stories of Regeneration 

Project implemented by Resilience Permaculture

with gratitude to:

  • Abel Kloster, Land Stewardship
  • Tao Orion, Land Stewardship
  • Joe Pongrantz, Forestry
  • Dave Hallock, Forestry
  • Andrew Millison, Drone Footage
  • Michael Godfrey, Maps

Special thanks for inspiration and mentorship to Rick Valley, Hazel (Tom Ward) and Jude Hobbs.

If you like what you see in this film, tell friends, and join or contribute to PINA. Our efforts identified this project, funded it, and filmed it. We are prepared to do much more of such essential climate-mitigating land repair.