Colorado River Bioregional Congress Weblog


BIOREGION: A region defined by its distinctive natural features (rivers; lakes; springs; watersheds; mountains; valleys; vegetation; wildlife) rather than by human-drawn borders created for political/administrative purposes. Bioregion names vary from the straightforward (example: South Coast bioregion) to the lyrical (example: Salmonopolis bioregion). Here’s a nice definition of Bioregion from the Great River Earth Institute: A bioregion is an area that shares similar topography, plant and animal life, and human culture. Bioregions are often organized around watersheds, and they can be nested within each other. Bioregional boundaries are usually not rigid, and often differ from political borders around counties, states, provinces and nations. Ideally, bioregions are places that could be largely self-sufficient in terms of food, products and services, and would have a sustainable impact on the environment.

BIOREGIONALISM: “Bioregionalism is a term used to describe an approach to political, cultural, and environmental issues based on naturally-defined regional areas, consistent with the concept of bioregions, or ecoregions. These areas are usually based on a combination of physical and environmental features, including watershed boundaries and soil and terrain characteristics. Bioregionalism stresses that the determination of a bioregion is also a cultural phenomenon — with phrases such as ‘the politics of place’ and ‘terrain of consciousness’ appearing in bioregionalist writings — and places emphasis on local populations, knowledge and solutions.” (from Bioregionalism: The Need For a Firmer Theoretical Foundation, Don Alexander, Trumpeter v13.3, 1996, as quoted in the Wikipedia entry on Bioregionalism)

THE BIOREGIONAL VISION: (In brief): To plug us back into what’s real. (At more length): Read this wonderful interview with Kirkpatrick Sale in Witness Magazine

“A design system for creating sustainable human environments.” (Bill Mollison, co-founder of the permaculture movement, Australia)

“Practical sustainability.” (Selwyn Polit, teacher, Austin Permaculture Guild, Austin TX USA)

“A toolkit for Bioregionalism” (Patricia Allison, teacher, Earthaven Ecovillage, Earthaven, NC, USA)<a


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I would like to get to know the folks of this group…as Midland is on the colorado river watershed, too, via Beals Creak, Mustang Draw, Midland Draw. How long is the campout, and where are you meeting. I will be at the native prairies association demonstration ranch near colorado city in the morning, and would like to come say howdy in the evening…

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