There are some broad types of actions human critters take to get through natural disasters.
- Survive the disaster itself
- Immediate recovery efforts (short-term, clear goals)
- Big disaster recovery projects
Let’s just say that #3 is my least favorite. BY FAR. Last fall’s flood made a mess – but natural resources are incredibly resilient from natural disasters. Unfortunately, the things done in the name of “disaster recovery” can be more challenging to recover from.
Fortunately, as the contractor season is drawing to a close, I’ve been able to get rolling on a few plum projects. I think projects are a great avenue for reflecting AND getting moving again.
One of those projects is reseeding and erosion mat. With a bag of native seed mix and a few strangely cumbersome rolls of aspen/coconut mat, volunteers have been able to do a lot of slope stabilization and mitigate a lot of invasive weed habitat.
One my job duties (that goes well in spite of my best efforts) is wrangling stewardship volunteers. As the contractors began leaving, the volunteers came back in droves. 607.5 volunteer hours this month. h/t to The Dawson School, Wildlands Restoration Volunteers, Boulder County “Fast Tracks”, and others.
For a personal project, I started work on a retaining wall at the East end of the park. It’s amazing to see that even nature has routines. At 10:30, the flies fly; at about noon the rattlesnakes pass through; and at 2:00 the rain starts. And somehow rocks find good places on the wall.
A thought from all of this: Correlation isn’t causation, sure – but take time to enjoy correlation, coincidences, and other moments of providence…