Aprovecho’s forest is a mosaic of wild woodland, riparian forest, conifer forest, orchards, forest gardens, and other agroforestry systems. The forest has been managed sustainably for a multitude of products for 30 years and sets a powerful example of long term regenerative forest management in the Pacific Northwest.
We offer a variety of modules and workshops as part of our developing Forestry Program here at Aprovecho. Please see below for our current offerings.
September 24 to November 11, Fall 2017
This program has been cancelled. Please check back soon to find out which modules will still be offered from the 7-week program. Thank you!
This course is designed for farmers, landowners, contractors, and students seeking to deepen their on-the-ground experience in planning and implementing regenerative forestry and water systems in the context holistic homestead and farm-scale projects.
This program embeds students within three integrated focus areas: agroforestry and perennial food systems, timber based forest management, and water harvesting. Projects will include construction of ponds and other earthworks, land survey and map making, indoor and outdoor aquaculture, keyline system survey and implementation, food forestry, timber harvest planning and management, tree falling, perennial food cultivation, harvest, and preservation, greywater system construction, woodland and stream restoration, and rainwater harvesting.
Saturday and Sunday, October 28th and 29th
INSTRUCTORS: Abel Kloster and Steve Braun
This workshop will cover the principles of habitat restoration in streams, oak woodlands, and riparian forests from holistic perspectives rooted in the most current ecological best practices. We will tour on-going restoration projects in Aprovecho’s waterways and oak woodlands and restoration practices including check dam installation, oak woodland stewardship, and riparian revegetation will be applied in each of these systems. We will also discuss current funding sources and regional organizations that can assist landowners with their restoration projects. This course is relevant for professionals, students and landowners. Improve our watershed, get your hands a little dirty, and leave with a concrete framework and strategies for restoring your creek or forest.
Thursday, February 8th to Sunday, February 11th
INSTRUCTORS: Tao Orion and Heron Brae
The Willamette Valley region offers a unique mix of conifer forest and oak savanna ecosystems. Although many old-growth conifers and oaks have been cleared to make room for industrial forestry and agriculture, opportunities abound to actively participate in rekindling the biodiversity of these ecosystems. This three-day intensive will use lecture and hands-on projects to delve into the principles and practices of developing a culture of regenerative forest and land stewardship in this special place. We will discuss different approaches to land management, investigate our personal relationship to the land, learn ecosystem assessment skills, and chart a path towards sensitive and sustainable use of forest ecosystems in our region.