Rangeland Restoration and Improvement (RR&I) has identified a land development model that grows the local economy while improving the environment. This Green Infrastructure concept:
- Grows raw materials for local value added business opportunities.
- Improves the local climate and air quality.
- Aids in the moderation of extreme weather events through the creation of buffer zones.
- Uses the natural buffers (Green strips or vegetative fuel breaks) to aid in the treatment of waste water.
- Create improved and more resilient habitats for species including migrating birds, mammals and insects.
- Generates local tourism revenues through the development of unique and resilient birding habitats.
- Provides inspiration for art, culture and science through contrasting natural environments.
- Creates a sacred place, a buffer zone that is for protection of the urban community.
We partner with developers and communities on a project basis, to create long term sustainable Green Infrastructure. We design to maximize the services and products provided by the Green Infrastructure and its long term operation as an amenity to residents.
In the case of residential real estate, we partner in the design and build phases of the green infrastructure, and provide on-site guerilla marketing (field trips and farmer's market) to accelerate sales velocity, along with long term operations and maintenance services to Municipal Utility Districts, Agriculture Development Districts, etc.
Our future is going to be radically different from our past. The real estate industry is a key player in adapting our soils and local eco-systems to those changes.
We want residents to live secure in the knowledge, comfort and pleasure of a community designed to adapt to the increasing volitility of our climate, whether it be drought, wildfire, flooding or other.
Our goal is to provide developers with a climate change resilient, green infrastrucutre product along with long term O&M services, that create distinctive communities with faster sales velocities. We make it possible to hand-off green infrastructure to MUDs so that developers can exit projects once their job is done.
Note: There is no sound with this video. What you are seeing, is a large perennial food forest system located in Hawaii. The project has identified key locations for the placement of reservoirs/ponds, and the ability of the land to keep the ponds/reservoirs at their maximum recharge. The project then looks at transport/maintenance pathways and finally where to put in swales and berms. This portion of the project does not make specific mention of the various species that should be used to generate the green infrastructure, only the locations. At about the 0:12 (mm:ss) and 0:47 second marks you will see the housing.
What would be different for a central Texas project? Water. The evaporation rates vary significantly between Hawaii and Texas. This means that the green infrastructure here would like have more ponds/reservoirs and swales/berms to transport surplus surface water into those ponds. The soil in Central Texas will need substantially more investment due to the previous generations of soil erosion due to poor grazing practices, water erosion and wind erosion. The investments ensures that the green infrastructure will grow at the optimal rates, as well as endure the increasingly varied stresses of climate change over the coming years. For these reasons, housing would like be more clustered than in this video, and of greater quantity.
Contact us if you would like to discuss the numbers or see more detailed information on the process.
Project: Hoku Nui LLC, Makawao, Mau'i, Hawai'i, USA
Designers: Erik Frost (Hoku Nui LLC) & Darren J. Doherty (Regrarians Ltd.)
Video Rendering: Georgi Pavlov (HUMA Designs)