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EkoZip Adventures
EkoZip Adventures
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157 Granite Ridge Rd. , Priest River, Idaho, US
Climate zone:
Cold Temperate

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EkoZip Adventures

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Permaculture Local Group Transition Town Permablitz

Project Summary

Using a permaculture teaching approach, we hope to offer ziplines and treehouses that will provide the more adventurous students with over 120 ft of vertical drop through native canopy to the watershed trail system below. Adding a natural rush to a nature based study course might just be another effective way of leaving lasting impacts on the neuron connections of the learner.

Project Description

Cold climate design is the focus, thermal mass storage and hydronic heating using super insulated outdoor boilers with biomass burners that are multi-fuel capable for the long winter months. Propane will be used to preheat chambers before adding solid fuels, waste oil, wood chips, 4' logs or even junk mail. Wallipini straw bale greenhouses, rainwater collection and gravity systems for irrigation. High line logging systems are utilized for low impact selective thinning operations. All wood is hand milled and finished on site. Paneled wooden yurt design is being used for a main lodge and many satellite accommodations surrounding it will be demo sites for sustainable habitat options. Treehouse cottages, a sweat lodge and a hot tub, community kitchens & cob oven gathering circles, just to name a few of the projects planned. Native fish include Eastern Brook Trout and Cutthroat Trout for catch and release fun, while several other aquaculture projects are planned for efficient protein production. Some of the native herbs and medicinals include wild ginger, raspberries, currants, elderberries and huckleberries. Plantain, clovers, cottonwood, alder, devil's club and nettles abound, and the grasses and ferns can reach 6 ft. or more. It might be only 10 acres, but it feels like 100.    



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