The United Designer Team and Working in Portugal

A week before Dan left for a project assessment and an site visit in Portugal,  Dan met on Skype with the United Designer team for a briefing to get design input. On-line were Regina Cobo (Spain), Jessica Robertson (Wildcraft Permaculture, Ontario), Bryce Ruddock ( WI), Pete Wedin (MN), and Paula Westmoreland (Ecological Design, MN), and Javan Kerby Bernakevitch, (B.C, Canada).  Discussed were the site conditions, plants of the Iberian Peninsula, and fire regimes. After the trip we met again and went through the resulting images, strategy and options for the client.

Regina sent some valuable fire deterrent plant systems from Spain. These are being drawn out and made into polycultures from 3 different fire defense strategies based on site conditions.

Much of the raw materials needed for stream bed restoration, erosion control, and check dams are available on-site.

Bryce completed research on plants of the Iberian Peninsula that will be used in the final reforestation plan. Specific species identification may need more work. There is some question as to the actual species of some of the Umbrella pines. The eucalyptus trees are the biggest ecological liability on the property.  The fire defense buffers include removal of all eucalyptus trees (google that) within 15 meters of the road beds and 50 meters from all buildings and structures. Details of this and other systems are in the final design narrative still in progress.

Wim, the owner, used a Phantom 4 drone to do some outstanding 3D models of the property. Along with the high res and real time 2D maps, we have great detail to reference in the design process. Much of the ground cover faded back to soils as the overlapping and angled flight images layered to show under story  conditions.