What is a bioregion?
Bioregions are life places. They are geographic areas with common ecological factors such as shared geology, soil types, climate, species, rivers and hydrological as well as seasonal cycles. Human cultures both inform bioregions and are informed by bioregions.
What is bioregionalism?
Bioregionalism is the notion that since the ways that people structure land use, culture, institutions, policies, practices are all connected to place, then the bioregion becomes the common scale at which people must work with each other if we are to be resilient. It is the practice of reinhabitation (learning about one’s environment and ecology), restoration (healing and tending both the land and social relations), resistance (protecting healthy lands and social relations), and reciprocity (giving back to that which nourishes you so that future generations may thrive). To learn more, see “How to be a Bioregionalist”.
What is Cascadia?
Cascadia is a bioregion located on the eastern coast of the pacific ocean and the western coast of the north american (turtle island) continent. She is a land of active tectonic plates, snow-capped peaks, flowing rivers, spruce, hemlock, fir and pine, salmon, temperate rain forests, oak savannahs, high deserts, winter rains, and dry summers. Although the ecological patterns shift from wet to dry, the return to being wet again until the spine of the continental divide sharply separates her from the rest of the continent. Sharing the same water cycles from Pacific ocean to crest of the Rockies/Kootenais, the cultures of Cascadia have for thousands of years reflected both a deep respect for the land and for co-existence with her living systems. Today, those who identify with Cascadia but do not share ancestral roots with the land are learning again what it takes to truly inhabit.
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