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Riff on the Eye-Opener Forestry Report- RIPARIAN AREAS in An Eco-community

RIPARIAN AREAS in An  Eco-community--a real eye-opener! waterfall on conservation land adjacent to HNF

This week I've been reading the Forestry Report RIFF on a Forestry Report-SOILS : Asheville Eco-Community (series) as part of the research we do before listing an Asheville area eco-development. It's been quite an eye-opener.  For me, it reiterated how important it is for real estate professionals to know more about environmentally-sensitive properties. Today, I'm giving serious thought to environmental factors in terms of riparian areas. I understand that we will  need to be able to point out

  1. where the riparian areas are
  2. if any building sites are in a flood plain
  3. how close to these areas builders can construct homes

Here is a photo of a waterfall on the adjacent conservation land.

Having spent hours walking the land with the perceptive eco-developers, I feel certain they are "tuned-in" to the importance of the above, and the importance of protecting the waters that flow through their eco-community.   I can see by their land planning that they are fluent in the research that points out that riparian areas are instrumental in water quality improvement for both surface runoff and water flowing into streams through subsurface or groundwater flow.

asheville green real estate -Riparian Area at HNF

Hickory Nut Creek borders the property on one side. It is a joyful, vocal and VERY lively entity.Standing above and beside it, you can feel your energy rise.

( my photo to the left was taken from the cliff above the Creek where I perched to take it)

Many ephemeral and intermittent stream channels also play through the property --some  flow intermittently.  These stream channels provide areas of key habitat. We will pay special attention to this fact in our real estate marketing efforts and literature.

I know that the developers of this conservation neighborhood will devote themselves to protecting the streams and stream channels from ground altering disturbances--but what is my/our Firm's part in making sure those who invest in property here know about this?

Possibly offer a connection through this post to the Watershed Best Management Practices link where can be found relevant information on controlling impacts from common land use activities that often affect watersheds, water quality. This link (click for list)  takes you to an eye-opening presentation/slide show and insight into common forestry management measures from planning through reforestation.  Let me know what you think!

What's next?I'm going to talk with the eco-innovators developing this eco-community about their plans for renewable energy as it pertains to the riparian areas... . Stay tuned!

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Comments

Your posts really bring back good memories while working for the U. S. Forest Service.  You present these very well and make it very interesting.  Good post.  Thanks for the memories.
Posted by L. Wayne Denton, I have a handle on your market!!! (Denton Properties, Inc.) about 10 years ago
This series is fastinating.  You are fortunate to live in an area where this is possible and being able to work with developers who are interested in environment.
Posted by Joan Whitebook, Consumer Focused Real Estate Services (BHG The Masiello Group) about 10 years ago

Sometimes your post pictures makes the South in my blood ache for home a little bit. 

Your post always inspire me to learn new things about the environments in my own region and other areas of the country.  

Posted by Sabrina Kelley, Woodland Park Colorado Mountain Homes and Land (ERA Herman Group Real Estate) about 10 years ago
Thank you for this post! I LOVE the word "riparian" and use it frequently and people always accuse me of being snooty when I use it simply because it is an uncommon word. It's great to see it used by someone else! :)
Posted by Steve Shatsky about 10 years ago

Water quality. I can't think of a topic of much greater importance. I suppose this is the reason behind the multi-million(or is it multi-billion) dollar bottled water business. People consciously or unconsciously know and fear the multitude of hazardous chemicals which ultimately find their way into our water.

The Romans had their lead lined wine casks. They had no idea lead was deleterious. At least we have some idea that we may be drinking a cool glass of bio-accumulative tetragens, carcinogens and hormone mimicking immuno-degenerative  PAH's with our water.

 Any project protective of water quality must be supported. After all, we don't want to go the way of the Romans.

Posted by John Narrin (ECO-Steward Realty) about 10 years ago

L. Wayne~

Look for more good memories in future posts...do you like biology? botany? and stories of mossy rocks and succulents? =)

Posted by . 4Terra Land Brokers .. 828-776-0779 Asheville NC, What's Most Important to YOU? Call(828)-776-0779 ( REAL ESTATE RESOURCES & NETWORK ) about 10 years ago

Joan~

More and more it seems, eco-developers are inspiring others. Possibly because it  is a good feeling to be able to create something that is not only beautiful, but that honors the people who will live there and the  place...

Posted by . 4Terra Land Brokers .. 828-776-0779 Asheville NC, What's Most Important to YOU? Call(828)-776-0779 ( REAL ESTATE RESOURCES & NETWORK ) about 10 years ago

Sabrina`

You just made my day...your comment is what keeps me posting here at AR..THANKS fo saying, " Your post always inspire me to learn new things about the environments in my own region and other areas of the country."  

Posted by . 4Terra Land Brokers .. 828-776-0779 Asheville NC, What's Most Important to YOU? Call(828)-776-0779 ( REAL ESTATE RESOURCES & NETWORK ) about 10 years ago

Steve~

I am laughing out loud because...guess what??!...I LOVE the word riparian, too...and like you, I love saying it...almost as much as I love BEING there . . .

Posted by . 4Terra Land Brokers .. 828-776-0779 Asheville NC, What's Most Important to YOU? Call(828)-776-0779 ( REAL ESTATE RESOURCES & NETWORK ) about 10 years ago

John~ 

YOWZAH!!! I had no idea that the Romans had a wine toxicity problem! Now you have me thinking...after this comment, "The Romans had their lead lined wine casks. They had no idea lead was deleterious. At least we have some idea that we may be drinking a cool glass of bio-accumulative tetragens, carcinogens and hormone mimicking immuno-degenerative  PAH's with our water. 

 Any project protective of water quality must be supported. After all, we don't want to go the way of the Romans."

 

for sure...

Posted by . 4Terra Land Brokers .. 828-776-0779 Asheville NC, What's Most Important to YOU? Call(828)-776-0779 ( REAL ESTATE RESOURCES & NETWORK ) about 10 years ago

you always manage to post such wonderful photos! I love these!

Posted by Billnulls Blog Florida Realty Professional, AHWD (Charles Rutenberg Realty) about 10 years ago

Bill & Barbara Jo~

My son and I took these on our recent visit to this site...look for lots more to come...one of the perks of life and real estate practice here in the mountains.

Posted by . 4Terra Land Brokers .. 828-776-0779 Asheville NC, What's Most Important to YOU? Call(828)-776-0779 ( REAL ESTATE RESOURCES & NETWORK ) about 10 years ago

The thing I love most about riparian areas is that they create edge...edge between micro-climates, where all sorts of beneficial life is present.

Posted by Rhodes Waite almost 10 years ago

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