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Advanced Watershed Restoration 4/12 Mudgee

Title: Advanced Watershed Restoration 4/12 Mudgee
Venue: Milkwood Farm (2) / Mudgee
Category: Advanced Watershed Restoration
Date: Apr 3 2012 - Apr 5 2012
Time: 9:00am - 5:00pm

Increase your working knowledge of passive water harvesting, erosion control and stream restoration practices with this three-day, intensive, hands-on workshop.  Applied Watershed Restoration is designed for landowners and land managers, as well as practitioners, farmers, restorationists and advanced students of Permaculture.

Craig Spoonholtz is a world-leading expert in watershed restoration using techniques that harness natural hydrology to self-repair riparian zones and watersheds.

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Thes techniques emphasize working with, rather than against, nature and will establish the foundational knowledge needed to work effectively with our most precious resource, water. Acquire the critical skills needed to recognize the root-causes of watershed problems and identify the best opportunities to make improvements.

Learn how to read the landscape, assess, design, plan and implement projects that utilize runoff as a resource.  In addition, gain exposure to cutting-edge watershed restoration methods including natural channel design, induced meandering and agro-ecological restoration.

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This course will cover:

Watershed patterns and processesIntroduction to watershed restoration methodologiesPassive water harvestingRestoration treatments and structuresWatershed restoration practicumSee below for full outline...

So if you're a land manager, land owner, or someone curious and passionate about restoring precious water soil to the landscapes of your farm or community, please join us for 3 days of unique and incredibly important knowledge that will help you heal your land...

This tour is Craig Spoonholtz's first visit to Australia to share these cutting edge and very effective techniques that put watershed restoration back into the hands of those who live on the land...

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"Craig Sponholtz's Applied Watershed Restoration courses are a must. I was very impressed with the thoroughness, hands-on learning, and Craig's deep knowledge - based on years of real-life experiences. The strategies taught are simple and effective. They build on natural patterns so you work with natural processes not against them.

This way nature does the bulk of the work once the structures are in place. I highly recommend these courses for anyone working with the land and water..."

Brad Lancaster, author of Rainwater Harvesting for Drylands and Beyond

Some resources to get you thinking:

Drylands Solutions Website
Let the Water do the Work - watershed restoration manual by Bill ZeedykBuilding Zuni Bowl anti-erosion rockwork at Milkwood Farm
Erosion Control Field Guide
regenagThis course is part of RegenAG's 2012 program. RegenAG is an alliance of Australian farming families who are committed to helping regenerate Australia's farms, soils, communities and on-farm livelihoods. For more courses like this across Australia, go to

About this course:

glovesThis course will be held on-farm at Milkwood Farm. We will use a combination of our woolshed classroom and field time for teaching this workshop. Bring good solid boots, work clothes and expect to get dirty and wet, as well as knowledgeable, during this course.

The weather at Milkwood in mid Autumn is often brisk but sparkling. We will warm you up with amazing hearty stews and hot chocolate if need be. This course will proceed regardless of the weather, so come prepared. A full outline of what to expect and bring will be supplied on booking.

About the teacher:

craigCraig Sponholtz is internationally respected for his innovative work with numerous stream and wetland restoration methods, as well as his extensive hands-on experience in designing and constructing passive water harvesting, erosion control and stream restoration projects.

Craig founded Dryland Solutions, Inc. in 2003 and continues to design and implement watershed restoration projects throughout North America. He specializes in low impact techniques and in-stream structures. Craig teaches watershed restoration techniques internationally and strives to foster beneficial relationships between people and the watersheds they live in.

Craig is a member of the much respected Quivira Coalition, alongside Bill Zeedyk. Quivira do world-leading work in watershed restoration and landscape function.

Included in your course fee:

drylad solsYou will receive extensive handouts and digital resources as part of your course, exclusive in Australia to participants of this RegenAG tour.

Your course fee includes morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea with organic, hearty country cooking, each day of your course. For a small additional fee you can camp at Milkwood Farm for the duration of your course, and this option includes breakfast and dinner each night. See our Staying at Milkwood page for full info on accommodation and facilities.

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Mates rates: we know that you're more likely to succeed in changing the world with a like-minded crew. To enable this, we arrange a 20% discount off full price for group bookings of 2 or more. Please get in touch for details.

As part of our Fair Share policy, we provide pensioner, couples and unwaged discounts where needed. Please get in touch for more information.

Advanced Watershed Restoration Course outline...

Watershed Patterns and Processes

I. Reading Watershed Patterns and Processes

II. Forms of Runoff and Sediment Transport

III. Erosion Processes and Deposition Dynamics

IV. Disturbance Regimes and Regenerative cycles

V. Watershed Health, Degradation and Desertification

VI. Landscape Evolution and Ecological Change

Introduction to Watershed Restoration Methodologies

I. Restoration Philosophy

II. Watershed Restoration Principles and Priorities

III. Natural Channel Design, Induced Meandering and Other Methods

IV. Agro-Ecological Restoration

V. Restoration Site Selection Criteria

Passive Water Harvesting

I. Source and Sink Relationships

II. Natural Passive Water Harvesting Features

III. Traditional Runoff Farming

IV. Water Harvesting Earthworks

Restoration Treatments and Structures

I. Land Management Improvements

II. Sheet Erosion Treatments

III. Rill and Gully Erosion Treatments

IV. Headcut Treatments

V. Channel Pattern Adjustments

VI. Floodplain Access and Expansion

Watershed Restoration Practicum

I. Site Assessment and Survey Skills

II. Restoration Project Design

III. Project Planning and Logistics

IV. Site Layout

V. Hands-on Construction of Structures

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