Flying Hammer Regenerative Programs
An ecological system is a regenerative system, not just self sustaining. It is collaborative in essence, weaving webs that fertilize all that it touches as it evolves. At Flying Hammer Productions we aim to be regenerative in our efforts, taking it a step beyond just sustainability through various strategic means. We educate future educators, we empower communities to design and build for themselves, we provide an alternative to toxic and destructive construction and we donate 5% of our profits to two amazing non-profits.
Our aim is to both support individuals and groups working to impact the macro scale of codes and permitting more radical ecological building techniques and people working on the ground both restoring our forest ecosystem (nearly all construction uses or requires wood!) as well as providing education and useable and ethically harvested products for projects.
The Development Center for Appropriate Technology, and its co-founder David Eisenberg got involved in the Straw Bale Revival in the early 1990s. Teaming with Matts Myrhman and Judy Knox of Out On Bale, unLimited, and others, they helped develop and carry out early straw bale testing, and co-wrote the first load-bearing straw bale building code – for the City of Tucson and Pima County Arizona – on which the California, Oregon, Austin Texas and Boulder Colorado codes were based. DCAT’s early working paper, “Straw Bale Construction and the Building Code assisted many people wanting to build straw bale projects and their code officials around the U.S. DCAT’s educational efforts included teaching straw bale classes and workshops for building officials in Arizona, California, Colorado, Oregon, Washington State, Kansas, Nevada, and Texas, as well as classes for builders and designers around the US and abroad. DCAT has continued to champion straw bale construction and other alternative and natural building systems with building officials and the design and building community, as well as being involved in thermal and fire testing for bale wall systems.
DCAT’s more comprehensive program, Building Sustainability Into the Codes, has created new and expanding relationships between the green and natural building community and code enforcement organizations. In 2007 DCAT earned a U.S. Green Building Council Leadership Award and the International Code Council Affiliate of the Year Award in recognition of this pioneering work. DCAT continues to serve the natural building community, expanding opportunities through their work addressing technical, informational, and regulatory barriers.
Without the efforts of DCAT, acquiring loans and obtaining permits to build with natural materials would be extremely difficult, if not cost prohibitive for many.
Lomakatsi Restoration Project is a non-profit organization, which develops, and implements pro-active community based ecological restoration projects throughout the Klamath – Siskiyou bioregion of southwestern Oregon and northwestern California. Since 1995, our projects have assisted in the regeneration, rehabilitation and restoration of ecologically degraded ecosystems throughout the region, with a strong emphasis on the development of Community Based Forestry and watershed stewardship programs that cross-land ownership boundaries.
Lomakatsi’s executive staff, advisory board, contractors and workforce are composed of ecologists, foresters, watershed & soil scientists, biologists, ecosystem restoration technicians and educators who seek to increase community understanding and involvement in the diverse aspects of watershed and forest restoration.
We work according to our Ecological Principles for Restoration, a written guideline explaining our approach to a variety of forest and watershed restoration projects, which include, but are not limited to: We work according to our Ecological Principles for Restoration, a written guideline explaining our approach to a variety of forest and watershed restoration projects, which include, but are not limited to:
- Restoration Foresty & Fuels Reduction
- Ecological Restoration Workforce Training
- Collaborative Stewardship and Outreach
- Watershed & Riparian Restoration
- Watershed Site Adoption
- Full Circle Schools Restoration Ecology
- Community Tree Planting & Revegetation
- Restoration ByProduct Utilization
- Community Forestry Policy & Outreach
- Educational Partnerships
- Native Plant Nursery
- Restoration Activities
- Ecological Thinning & Fuels Reduction
- Prescription Fire
- Noxious Weed Removal
- Native Plant Propagation & Nursery
- Native Grass Reintroduction
- Erosion Control & Stabilization
- Road Improvement For Sediment Mitigation
- Stream Channel Reconstruction & Enhancement
- Instream Habitat Construction
- Culvert Replacement For Fish Passage
- Ecological Assessments & Prescription Design
- Restoration Engineering
- GIS Mapping
- Biophysical Monitoring
Thanks to groups like these the world is becoming a better place. Please check out their websites and support their efforts!