Saturday, September 26, 2015

Beyond the War on Invasive Species:
Program by Tao Orion on October 6

Tao Orion, author of the book Beyond the War on Invasive Species: A Permaculture Approach to Ecosystem Restoration will be our guest speaker at Garden Club on Tuesday, October 6. Tao teaches permaculture design at Oregon State University and at Aprovecho; consults on holistic farm, forest, and restoration planning; and is focused on rethinking invasive species from a permaculture-based perspective.

Tao's book, Beyond the War on Invasive Species offers an alternative perspective on invasive species and the best practices for their management based on a holistic, permaculture-inspired framework.

Utilizing the latest research and thinking on the changing nature of ecological systems, Beyond the War on Invasive Species closely examines the factors that are largely missing from the common conceptions of invasive species, including how the colliding effects of climate change, habitat destruction, and changes in land use and management contribute to their proliferation. Beyond the War on Invasive Species demonstrates that there is more to the story of invasive species than is commonly conceived, and offers ways of understanding their presence and ecosystem effects in order to make more ecologically responsible choices in land restoration and biodiversity conservation that address the root of the invasion phenomenon. The choices we make on a daily basis—the ways we procure food, shelter, water, medicine, and transportation—are the major drivers of contemporary changes in ecosystem structure and function; therefore, deep and long-lasting ecological restoration outcomes will come not just from eliminating invasive species, but through conscientious redesign of these production systems.

Please join Garden Club on Tuesday, October 6 as we welcome Tao Orion. Our business meeting starts at 6pm, Tao's presentation begins at 7pm. Refreshments provided. All guests welcome.

First Presbyterian Church, 216 South 3rd Street (the corner of 3rd and Adams), Cottage Grove, Oregon.