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  • Brad

    Member
    January 16, 2024 at 1:51 pm

    Hello, I’m Brad and very new to regenerative work. Currently living in Grand Junction Colorado but planning to move to Bellingham summer 2024! My wife will be applying for a position teaching social work at Whatcom Community College. We have 3 boys 8,7 and 4 years old. Looking for a place to live and a way to get into meaningful community and meaningful work during this momentous time in human history. I’m 48 and have a background in travel, outdoor sports and wildland fire. Although that was lifetimes ago and other than raising my kids most recently I had been taking care of my father who passed away from dementia. I’ve just started to driving for Uber as a way to practice my social skills and observe intimately how the late stage capitalist beast functions. Nice to be here.

    • Paul

      Member
      January 17, 2024 at 1:24 pm

      Welcome Brad! It’s still a little quiet around here as we try to build this inn on the digital crossroads, and get all the doors and windows working. I lived up on Chuckanut Drive and in B’ham back in the 1990s. @inspiration Brian and others are well connected up there. I do restoration work with both Nooksack Tribe and Lummi Nation, mostly up on the Nooksack Forks.

    • Brian

      Member
      January 18, 2024 at 9:43 am

      Hi Brad,

      Glad to have you here. There is a active group of people doing a variety of projects here in Bellingham and Whatcom county. Happy to help you get plugged in when you get settled and ready.

      We are working on communication methods to keep folks informed on upcoming events. The best way at the moment is to join Transition Whatcom’s Ning site. there is a group there called regenerate Whatcom if you join that you will get notices of upcoming events. Eventually it will be easier to send out notices from this platform.

      There is also http://www.whatcompermaculture.com and http://www.inspirationfarm.com where you can find out about a variety of community events.

      Hope to meet you soon.

      Brian

    • Ryan

      Member
      January 27, 2024 at 11:41 am

      Hi Brad. I lived in Bellingham for about 6 years and attended Whatcom Community College before transferring to Western Washington University. Great place to be!

  • Paul

    Member
    January 17, 2024 at 2:01 pm

    Hello colleagues,

    My name is Paul and I live on the edge of Schneider Creek, on Budd Inlet in South Puget Sound in the City of Olympia in the Woodard Lane Co-housing community. I work as a professional ecologist for the federal government, from a background in private landscape construction, agroforestry, and environmental education.
    I curate the Salish Sea Restoration Restoration Platform, a bioregional prototype for social-ecological system and knowledge mapping with the Society for Ecological Restoration – https://salishsearestoration.org/

    I do bioregional cartography which I make available through an at-cost print-on-demand website called https://watershedmaps.com

    I also do community development to support the long-term stewardship of riverscapes through a concept called The Ecosystem Guild, whereby we train and support people to access, camp on, and restore ecologically valuable common lands in the Salish Sea, starting with a field station in the Skykomish Valley, in collaboration with Snohomish Conservation District and The Tulalip Tribes. This work is focused on redeveloping viable strategies for regenerative riverscape agroforestry https://ecosystemguild.org

    • Ryan

      Member
      January 27, 2024 at 11:49 am

      Hi Paul. Great resources, thanks for sharing! Very interesting work. Would love to hear more and also curious if you’ve done any work related to monitoring, reporting, and verification.

  • Ryan

    Member
    January 22, 2024 at 8:11 pm

    Hi everyone,

    I grew up on Bainbridge Island and attended Western Washington University in Bellingham where I studied languages, literature, and film. After earning my degree, I bounced around jobs, one of which was building solar panels, but eventually found myself pursuing a career as a software developer.

    I was most recently working at Regen Network (https://www.regen.network/) as the technical product manager and lead developer on the Regen Ledger team (i.e. the blockchain team). Aside from the technical aspect of my work, I worked alongside our registry team to better understand the needs of project developers and land stewards and a lot of my work required understanding the voluntary carbon market as well as monitoring, measuring, and verifying positive ecological outcomes.

    Despite my technical background, I’m actually more interested in getting involved in research and doing some on the ground work in Washington. I’m happy to share my knowledge with web3 tools, concepts, and different approaches, especially as it relates to governance and ecological data, but really I’m here to learn from all of you and to make new connections with people that share a passion for addressing the climate crisis and to support efforts in the movement towards bioregionalism.

    Looking forward to learning more and hopefully meeting some of you in person as well. More about me can be found on my website: https://ryanchristo.com.

    Cheers,

    Ryan

    • Paul

      Member
      January 27, 2024 at 12:44 pm

      Hi Ryan, would love to have a conversation. Probably not until March :-). I am mostly professionally involved in “involuntary conservation markets”. I do quantification using Habitat Equivalency Analysis, have been involved in negotiating settlements around quantification of NRDA and ESA. I am familiar with wetland markets, and emerging markets in other services, like nutrients, temperature, stream flow. and have been involved in lots of conversations around defining instruments, assurances, monitoring, and verification, including long-term stewardship. We certainly have experiences on the involuntary compliance side that inform how market actors will respond to the opportunity to self deal and seek profit.

      • Ryan

        Member
        January 27, 2024 at 3:39 pm

        Awesome. Sounds like I have some research to do. I’m less familiar with the involuntary conservation markets but keen to learn more and looking forward to connecting.

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