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Our Earthworks Event in collaboration with Concow Meadows Research Station was fantastic! What a beautiful day for digging swale ditches, sinking water, learning lazer and A-frame leveling skills, community building and sharing love with Mother Earth!

Thank you to Respectful Revolution, Concow Meadows Research Station,
Chico Natural Foods Cooperative for the Goddess bars, Natalie Hanson-Ross and ChicoER for the reporting. And of course to North Valley Community Foundation’s Butte Strong Fund for supporting our ability to do any of this work!

Thank you to all who attended, for your hands on engagement, energy, knowledge and community building. We are so grateful for each and every one of you and we hope you learned some skills to apply to your own land or wherever you are joining in Earthworks. Below are the videos of the Facebook livestreams and pictures from the event. 🍀💦🏞🌎🌍🌏🌱🍃🌿🎋🌳🌲

🌧💧💦🌧🌦***NOTE*** The rain date has become our new event date, February 20 due to rain happening on February 13. Concow Meadows will still be working on the 13th, and all are welcome to come still for an action day pre event prep day if you don’t mind being in the rain. You are still welcome on the main event day on the 20th if you choose to help on the 13th. Any questions, please email

When the soil on your land is full of water, it withstands fire better. To teach how to help your soil retain water, Camp Fire Restoration Project, in collaboration with Concow Meadows Research Station, will host a workshop called “Fire Resilience on Your Land: Water Flow and Soil Hydration” from 9am–5pm on Saturday, February 13th (rain date Saturday Feb 20th) at the Concow Meadows Research Station, 13550 Hog Ranch Rd. in Concow. 

This hands-on workshop will give you the skills to optimally tend to the water that runs through your land. You will learn soil hydrating principles and practice techniques with a team of other participants. At the end of the workshop, you will have the opportunity to offer a group project on your own land.

Workshop begins at 9 AM. Bring drinking water, a sack lunch, COVID mask, gloves, and a shovel and lopping shears, if you have them.

In-person participation is limited, so please register early at Eventbrite:

The event will be livestreamed through the CFRP Facebook page for those who cannot make it in person. Register at Eventbrite to be reminded and sent a link.

Concow Meadows Research Station is on Hog Ranch Rd, off Concow Road, 8 miles past the Dome Store. The last two miles are somewhat rugged; safe carpooling is recommended and the Dome Store is a good place to self-organize. Parking at the site is available but must be inside the designated fenced-in area.

Please also visit CFRP’s Facebook page and Facebook Event, Like and Share.

For more information about the workshop, please contact

If you are interested in coming on February 6th to help set up or on a later date to help finalize the project, please contact Robin Woolner at 


Concow Meadows Research Station
Hydrology Workshop Agenda
February 20, 2021

This hands-on workshop is going to provide participants the resources and structure to learn how to move water across their land in such a way that their ecosystem is improved and land more fire resilient. Participants will have the opportunity to take part in constructing a swale on an extremely unique land form. They will walk away with new skills, new ideas and new relations. The intention for this workshop is to catalyze a community of practice around land stewardship which will continue to gather.

9:00-10:00 Arrival
Greet participants, sign papers, show location of workshop and toilets
Brush clearing
Informal Conversations
Build fire

10:00-10:30 Introductions
Who are you, how are you and what brought you here?

10:30-11:00 Lecture (Livestreamed on CFRP Page as well)
Soil hydrology and fire resilience (5m)
Principles of earthworks (5m)
Techniques of earthworks (5m)

11:00-12:00 Tour (Livestreamed on CFRP Page as well)
Calculating water volume
Demonstrating the work we will be doing (workflow and goals)
Demonstrating the measuring of contour lines
Protocols for landscape observation

12:00-1:00 LUNCH

1:00-3:00 Work
Teams will be divided and will dig sections of the swale
Clearing brush with Ed
Hanging out by the fire

3:00-3:30 Soft closing (group gathers)
Next step for the group.

3:30-5:00 Finish work