The application of Keyline design principles for North American agrarian ecosystem services.
Continued from Keyline design principles
The problems we create by placing dotted lines on maps are sometimes greater when we back up and look at them from a different perspective. Drawing lines based upon the notions of ownership, governance, dominion, infrastructure and other abstract constructs can lead to ecosystem damage, poor performance, pollution, and other ugly manifestations of the lack of thoughtfulness. The pure genius of the land itself should inspire humanity to create a built environment that is worthy of the natural environment that provides a substrate upon which and from which we earn our livings.
KeyLineAmerica.org proposes to become a think-tank (for lack of a better term) that looks at the emerging open data structures and open geographic information systems as they apply to advanced techniques for designing permaculture-based systems and infrastructures for local food ecosystems. The idea is to work with topographical and hydrological properties of landscapes before building anything of lasting impact. Everything we do on the land has lasting impact, but we are responsible to the next generation to assure that the products, processes and provisions we bring forth have lasting value. Keyline and permaculture studies help to take us closer to what nature itself has in mind for our use of the land.