Our tree thinning and earthwork services fall in line with our main mission of creating a more sustainable and resilient environment.
Flagstaff has many areas of overgrown pine forest. These areas are a huge risk factor for the spread of intense forest fires. Powerful fires destroy the soil and local ecology and possibly even homes. Ideally, the pine forest in Flagstaff should consist of fewer, larger trees rather than the large number of small trees.
Thinning the forest of small trees in an effort to return the landscape to a healthier and more natural state resilient to drought and forest fire. The thinning of trees also provides a valuable resource in the form of biomass that can be used for woodchip mulch and hugelkultur. This helps build the soil to allow more water conservation and plant diversity. This is in line with Resilient Ecology Systems and Design’s goal of creating a more healthier, more resilient landscape.
We focus on thinning trees under a foot in diameter and clearing up brush piles. All of the wood harvested is used in soil building at the Demonstration Site.
The Flagstaff area tends to be dry. Despite having an average of over 23 inches of precipitation a year, dry winds and intense sun cause a high evaporation rate. The heavy clay soils are often slow to absorb moisture and variable terrain can cause most moisture to flow away.
Certain types of earthworks can provide a massive benefit in catching and storing water where it can be used by plants. These plants, in conjunction with mulch, can also improve the soil and its ability to hold water. This creates a positive feedback loop where earthworks harvest water to be used by plants, and plant growth improves the soil and effectiveness of earthworks.
Resilient Ecology Systems and Design focuses excavation work (using our company owned CAT 305ER excavator) that creates water harvesting systems. This includes swales, ponds, hugelkultur beds, bunds, microcatchments, and drains to slow, spread and sink water into the environment. These services improve growing opportunities, reduce erosion and flood risk, and decrease landscape water use.
Other excavation service may be available on request.