How To

Regeneration tips and techniques

How to Regenerate An Eroded Landscape

This video shows some very simple techniques that anyone can do to begin regenerating a forest on heavily eroded land. Note how easy it is to remove invasive plants, help native species thrive, slow erosion and build soils -- all at the same time.

I hope this inspires you to care for some little piece of land. We are doing this work on the Origen del Agua Nature Reserve in Barichara, Colombia.

How to Stop Erosion With Native Grass

The title above is a bit misleading -- because as you will see in this short explainer video, we are pulling the invasive grass out and using it as a mulch on steep slopes where erosion needs to be controlled. Have a look at this video to see how easy it is to create mulch where sediments are held in place during a rainstorm. You can employ this technique in degraded areas where you want to help bring vegetation back to the land and stop erosion. 

Transform Degraded Land by Stacking Rocks

This is another video explaining how we are growing native forest at the Origen del Agua Nature Reserve in Barichara, Colombia. One of the really simple things we are doing is stacking rocks in lines so that we transform the flow of sediments, native seeds, and water across the landscape. A great way to practice ecological design!

Inviting Birds to Plant Native Seeds

At the Origen del Agua forest reserve, we are doing a lot of interesting things to stimulate natural cycles in service to regeneration of degraded land. One of them is to attract birds to places where we want more native plants to grow. This video shows how we are strategically placing bird feeders on trees throughout the forest reserve. As the birds arrive, they eat the daily gift offerings of fruit and poop out the native seeds from plants they had been foraging from. It is a great way to increase biodiversity in plant and animal species. And it is a lot of fun too!