Many of our 2020 camp experiences have been postponed due to the Covid-19 virus. We look forward to continue the gatherings when it is safe to do so. Please check our website or subscribe to our newsletter for the latest updates. We commend the efforts by so many of us to limit the spread of the virus and send deep thanks to the healthcare workers across the globe taking care of those most affected. We see our work of bringing balance back to ecosystems as more important than ever. Our team is busy building our organizational capacity during this time so that we can share the message of regenerative land management even further. We are grateful for your support and look forward to seeing you at camp in the future.
The sobering video made by Matthew Trumm, the founder of Camp Paradise, shows his own property in ashes. For someone who has been working hard to restore what was lost after the Paradise Fires two years ago, this is a hard loss. Matthew is very much aware of how damaging fire is, not only for it’s destructive power, but for what comes after: the toxic pollution left from burnt plastics and other toxic materials.
Ecosystem Restoration Camps in California are banding together with a number of individuals and organisations to deal with the toxic aftermath of the fires that are ravaging the state. Coordinated by Camp Paradise (part of the Camp Fire Restoration Project), a start is being made at the community level to prevent the toxic waste that is left by structure-fires to further damage and pollute the watersources in the already fragile ecosystem. Rain is expected that will start to wash down the toxic materials into this vital watershed. This is an important watershed in California because it all leads to Lake Oroville, which is the water source for all the farming from the Sacramento Valley to LA. This valley produces some of the largest quantity of food for the whole world. This could present a nightmare of health issues for decades to come if not addressed now. This work needs your donation immediately!
We are raising money to support the effort underway:
Resources desperately needed include straw wattles, organic straw bales, wood chips, picks, shovels, trucks and trailers, reusable plastic (to cover structure and vehicle footprints where there is extra permeable soil), cover crop seed, chainsaws, wooden stakes and sledge hammers.
Several staging sites are secured for this effort. Full support from the local fire chief, the district supervisor and the community is given. But, we’re on our own. Non of these materials are FEMA reimbursable, so the county doesn’t have funding to purchase them. This is a poor county like many resource-stripped places (timber). The most valuable on site resource is wood chips, Another local resource is rice straw (although not all organic, regretfully). A wattle making machine would be incredibly helpful as well as several large chippers.
There are have upwards of 50 miles of linear feet to be addressed, and efforts will be concentrated on the weakest watershed access points first. Hundreds of volunteers are needed. So if you live in the area please join this effort now!
Please donate through the donation-box below. Your donation is tax-deductable in the United States. If you wish to volunteer your time, please contact Peapod Hironimus.
With the climate crisis predicted to make many parts of the planet uninhabitable, Camp Paradise will transform our understanding of how to deliver ecosystem restoration in locations affected by climate change, including land damaged by wildfires.
Camp Paradise is a mobile camp that serves multiple locations in and around the area known as “The Camp Fire Burn Scar”. It is not a permanent camp in a fixed location but rather takes the form of pop-up camps and ‘action days’, providing opportunities for Campers to join local people for educational experiences in regenerative design, ecological restoration, community organizing and permaculture gardening.
This is a collaborative, long-term restoration initiative being delivered by local environmental and community groups in conjunction with our partner, The Camp Fire Restoration Project. As we develop partnerships and community sites to work with, we will host camps to deliver large-scale permaculture action days, mobilizing hundreds of volunteers and Campers.
We partner with local permaculture farms and sites to host Campers and then choose a public location in need of ecological repair. During an action day, our Campers work with local schools, downtown public spaces, businesses and community centers to restore soil and water cycles. We adopt a variety of different ecosystem restoration techniques, including planting fruit trees for food and shade, planting cover crop and native plants, creating earthworks and water systems, and building dry-composting toilets.
Camp Paradise is fundraising to secure property for a Main Resource Hub and to sustain the ongoing operations of our education and training programs, staff and experts, which include regular camps and action days. Please contact us if you have fundraising expertise and can assist in this area. We are also looking for volunteer graphic designers and web developers to design our public education online and print materials.
Our vision is to restore 150,000 acres of land affected by the devastating fire, create healthy ecosystems with sustainable local food sources, build fire safe homes and buildings, create green jobs, and teach local communities about ecosystem restoration.
Our collective action will create a sustainable and regenerative model with new systems for disaster response, resilient communities, and landscape restoration that inspires a culture shift.
Fall 2020, exact dates to be announced.
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Your safety is very important to us. Most camps are in locations that are completely safe for you to travel to. Some camps are in locations where there is civil unrest, higher levels of crime, or in areas where there could be severe nature events (earthquakes, tornados, vulcanic eruptions). We strongly advise you to check with your national authority’s travel advisory service to see if there are specific travel advisories for the region you are travelling to. We strongly advise you to comply with that travel advisory. If there is a negative travel advisory for the area you plan to go to, we want to impress on you that it is your decision to not heed the warnings and go. ERC can then not be liable in that situation if something happens to you.
Work at camps is usually safe. The camp coordinators make your safety their highest priority too. But you will be working with tools and sometimes even (heavy) machinery. Sometimes the terrain can be slightly treacherous. Heat or cold can become a problem for people at work that do not take the necessary measures to prevent injury from weather conditions. Especially in remote locations, all people at an Ecosystem Restoration Camp will need to watch out for eachother’s safety. For this reason we ask you to also sign our Code of Conduct, through which you commit to contributing to a safe environment at camps for all that are there with you. Take yours and all other camper’s safety seriously! Together, while watching over eachother, we can restore our ecosystems safely and successfully.