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Some Wonderfully Nerdy Terminology...
the ability to understand the organization of natural systems and the processes that maintain the healthy functioning of living systems and sustain life on Earth.
Keystone Species -
a species which has a disproportionately large effect on its natural environment relative to its abundance; a species on which other species in an ecosystem largely depend, such that if it were removed the ecosystem would change drastically.
Beaver Dam Analogue (BDA) -
BDA's are a human-created, hand-built dam made out of locally sourced materials intended to mimic the dams beavers create and break down slowly over time. BDA's spread and slow down the course of water, creating small ponds and habitat for native fish. This technique was developed in 2014.
Lo-tech Process-Based Restoration (Lo Tech PBR) -
a practice of using simple, low unit-cost, structural additions (e.g. wood and beaver dams) to riverscapes to mimic functions and initiate specific processes. Hallmarks of this approach include:
An explicit focus on the processes that a low-tech restoration intervention is meant to promote
A conscious effort to use cost-effective, low-tech treatments (e.g. hand-built, natural materials, non-engineered, short-term design life-spans) because of the need to efficiently scale-up application.
‘Letting the system do the work’ which defers critical decision making to riverscapes and nature’s ecosystem engineers
What is "Lo-TEK"?
Local Traditional Ecological Knowledge (Lo-TEK) -
the body of knowledge, beliefs, traditions, practices, institutions, and worldviews developed and sustained by indigenous, peasant, and local communities in interaction with their biophysical environment. Also known as Indigenous Knowledge.