the E.I. Land Steward Program



Index Catalogue of Texts


 (originated: 29 Nov 2003)

(revision date: 17 Nov. 05)




Publications and Subjects Relating to the E.I.L.S. Program are indexed below accompanied by a brief description in order to provide a comprehensive overview of the Program. By reviewing the list, you can access the in-depth information as relevant by opening any of the links. Publications are updated constantly, so its advisable to check publication dates and contact the network via email for updates.

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General Notes and Program Overview: This is an accumulation of texts describing environmental illness, problems with public and private lands, technique alternatives to chemical management, the future of unmitigated public impacts, the needs of those with "Canary" Immune Systems (who probably represent all of us eventually and the systems devised in this program to combine all of the problems into a single solution.


If you are a private land owner and are interested in this project, click this link for an overview and more information ....Link: Proposals for Private Lands Sites


If you are a public lands manager and are interested in this project, click this link for an overview of the program ...Link: Proposals for Land Steward Locations and Projects


Environmental Illness & The EI Standard ....This is a document (or rather a series of documents) compiles what is currently known about environmental illness, research done by Smart Shelter not currently known to the E.I. community at large and, more importantly ... the solutions which are known to produce safe living conditions not only for those currently suffering from these immune disorders...but also those who are smart enough to know that the only safe approach is to clean up the environment in the first place and avoid getting it later. It is widely known to be irreversable and is already at a massive level of development worldwide....chronically misdiagnosed by a medical community ironically predisposed to remediative technologies designed by the chemical community which is also responsible for the disorder. This text is very detailed and will take years to here to see how far along it the network if its not far enough.



(note...all text from this point on are awaiting editing and transfer for update. Content is bulky in description and field experience has developed many more methodologies. Contact the network to update information as needed. What is here is still very relevant.)


Invasive Species- recent attention (largely due to marketing pushes by herbicide manufacturers) regarding inundation of Western Colorado public and private lands with nonnative species such as Russian Olive, Tamarisk, Thistle, Leafy Spurge and the like carriers long range disaster threat if the problem is treated chemically (as it is epidemic proportion) without regard for the immune and reproductive system damages these chemicals produce on humans, wildlife, native insects and birds. Man brought these species is our responsibility to curtail and remove them...without drenching the biosphere with toxins. Two problem areas are focus of research and development with Smart Shelter's E.I.Land Steward Program...irradication techniques that work...and tapping the labor force to do the job in a nontoxic manner. The use of EI's and refugees (pilot project with the U.S. Navy refugee operations) are examples of the systems being developed. (click the blue underlined link above for more information). Smart Shelter develops long term non-chemical treatments that seek to renutrient damaged soil and develop value-added products from the waste (especially tamarisk and russian olive woods). It's taken 100 years for us to create this menace, quick fix chemical solutions do little except make the chemical manufacturers and applicators the mean time threatening soil microbial health, wildlife, native species and people. We seek to develop hidden labor forces and long term solutions to generate income and value out of returning our native landscapes to their original condition.

Value Added Products from Invasive Species ...They are a Resource, not a Liability We're dealing here not with a problem with foreign species ...we brought them here. We are dealing with a dilemma of values. We send loggers and wood cutters miles up expensive and dirt-choked forest service roads for chipboard feed stock and firewood. There they cut down the Aspens that fire our tourist and hunting industry and the pinions and juniper now dying in epidemic proportions to the deepening drought. Then we hire labor and spend money on expensive and lethal chemicals to get rid of russian olive and tamarisk...both excellent wood sources, fiber resources and fuels. The further irony is that the olives and tamarisk remain accessible at low elevations through the winter when both firewood and feed stock are needed most. They also entail much less travel to harvest. So why aren't we using them? It's a question of values and developing the value-added products which can be made from them. Split open a piece of tamarisk and you'll find out why it's called "salt cedar". It is cedar. There are myriad wood products that can be made from it and early trials indicate is a clean burning, high heat content firewood. The grain and coloring of russian olive will rival any oak or ash (and the author has years of hardwood cabinetry experience with those woods). Small dimension manufactured products (gun stocks, pistol grips, door handles, cabinet pulls) could easily augment our regional economy and help spur employment ....especially if businesses are required to be sized so that profits remain in the bio-regional economy. A large percentage of the effort Smart Shelter is putting into the E.I. Land Steward Program is in the research and development of value-added uses for invasives....under the knowledge that a market demand for these resources will be the key that fires their removal over the long run. All that's needed is research, economic development and marketing as well as supervision of harvest and reseeding of replacement native species to return our watersheds to natural health. We can change the value of these invasives. We do that with other products all the time. Smart Shelter's approach begins with sample harvesting of invasive stock which is supplied to artists, instrument makers, fire wood providers, wood carvers, etc. From these small scale experiences a pool of knowledge concerning the assets, liabilities and handling characteristics of the resources is gained. Once that volume of information is competent, the products are presented for small, regional industrial development.

 "Legacy Land Sites" amd Chemical -Free Camping/Recreation/Public Spaces....We want the very best of the best of our public lands legacy removed from the threat of chemical warfare and preserved for ourselves and posterity in as pristine and uncontaminated condition as human (and nature's) endeavors can provide. As the number of us showing signs of chemical pesticides, herbicides, fragrances....increases (now 15-27% of the population according to the EPA and World Health Organization...which means 750 million to 1.3 billion people globally...38 to 68 million people nationally...60 to 108 thousand people in South Western Colorado)....the need for places to go that are safe for our children, pets and ourselves becomes critical. Many believe the forest or the desert lands are safe. This year the Bureau of Land Management will spray one million acres with herbacide...with no warnings to the public. Campgrounds, roadways and parks are among the heaviest sprayed locations in our society. The Smart Shelter E.I. Land Steward Program identifies key public lands areas and pilots nontoxic irradication of invasive species, eliminating the need for herbicides like Round-Up, which damage our immune systems (similar to the legendary Agent herbicide used in Vietnam and responsible for the deaths of thousands of veterans and civilians). These initiatives in identifying Chemical-Free public lands areas give us a choice in terms of our recreational safety. (Click the link above for more information)

Recent successes and projects in progress creating such chemical-free public zones include the Town of Ridgway (which has passed ordinances requiring that all town property be maintained with non-chemical means...see the "Shakanaw" program on the Smart Shelter Web Site Home page for this and other community actions) and the State's first designated Chemical-Free municipal facility: The Paonia Organic-Standard River Parkway...which recently attained written commitment from the North Fork River Improvement Association certifying its intent to recognize the E.I. community needs and move our public health standards forward into an era in which "better living through chemistry" becomes a sick, sad, old joke from our corporate past...along with the Camel Cigarette adds with one of our slick-haired (and Alzheimer's riddled) president's picture nsisting..."not a cough in a carload". (Ironically it was during his presidency that the largest corporate prosecution for consumer fraud and damaged public health in american history took place...the tobacco industry lawsuit. We will live to see the day when all of this is just an infuriating and embarrassing chunk of American history, safely put to sleep....but more than likely following the next high-water mark in our litigative legacy...the E.I. community's class action suit against the chemical industry for knowingly and intentionally poisoning an entire planet...for profit and stock investor dividends. That one is going to be a lulu...making the tobacco industry suits look like a warm up act...and now appears to be rearing its head on the closer horizon. Our efforts here, while we (and the other 60 million americans immune damaged by herbicides and pesticides certainly will be litigants in that suit, still remain to see beyond that battle (which we will certainly win) an invest our progressive zeal and energy in the creation of the solutions for the future...pristine public (and private) lands and recreation spaces already competently and safely maintained as nature (and our DNA) intended them...Chemically Free. By establishing these spaces now, instead of waiting for the aftermath of the battle to come, we release ourselves from the victimization so easily proffered by the chemical giants...they will also give us somewhere to go when the going gets tough...and certainly, it will. Successes such as the work of CATPAW, Shakanaw, the Town of Ridgway, NFRIA and the Paonia Organic Standard River Parkway show convincingly that not only is this doable, but in the long run, it is our only choice.

Regional Locations, Selection Criterion and Site Status for E.I. Land Steward Pilot Studies and Advisories

Our objective is to preserve the best of the best. This is a list of locations in Western Colorado where Land Steward Pilot Studies are already underway, which have been selected as possible study areas based on their capacity or potential to become safe havens for those seeking to avoid chemical debilitation and exposure, have been reported as already safe (or unsafe) for E.I. use (or the more aware general public)...are heavily impacted crime areas for poaching, ORV abuse, dumping or drug sites... or ....on the other end of the spectrum are administered by managers hostile, ignorant or resistant to chemical-free health issues or locations having conditions threatening to health for which the public and critically, the E.I. community, should be made aware. This listing is compartmentalized by administrative jurisdiction ...beginning with the federal, then state, county, municipal and finally private property owners and managers. If you have recommendations, warnings about encountered hazards or relevant experience (positive or negative) regarding the conditions on sites or the attitudes and direct actions of public lands managers relevant to this rating system, please report them to smart shelter email at: Smart Shelter employs a "double-edged" sword approach to project implementation, balancing rewards for the willing and productive and deterents for those who are not. An award system will be presented annually citing the progress of participating managers, owners and staff in helping us attain our legal right to safe access of public spaces. A litigation fund and solicitation of lawyers intent on assisting the program has already begun. If you are an attorney with pro-bono services available, we already have projects and evidence pending prosecution for you to work on. If you have funding or know of the location of more, please contact Smart Shelter at the email address above. Further augmentation for progressive work on these sites is funded through rewards garnered for reporting and prosecution of poachers (in conjucntion with the Colorado Division of Wildlife "Operation Game Thief", etc)...These functions, besides providing project funding, turning the tide of abuse by rewarding the proactive, also serve as a major deterent under the reasoning that when off-road vehicle and poaching and dumping abuses become economically damaging to the perpetrators, the abuses themselves will stop. In the mean time, it is our hope that publishing a centralized location list for places identified by the E.I. community as safe (or not) will help us all to broaden our recreational horizons and focus our numbers on providing safer havens, increasing the needs awareness of the E.I. and health-conscious public as well as identifying warning areas for locations to be avoided.

E.I. and Health-Conscious Public Campground Standards This is a listing and explanation of the ingredients deemend by the E.I. community to be the provisions necessary to provide safe accomodation for those with chemical and environmental allergies in public facilities. These are the outgrowth in terms of policies and provisions which stem directly from the E.I. Standard, which explains the nature, origin and recovery from environmental illness itself. For the Campground Standards to make thorough sense, a fundamental and thorough understanding of the E.I. Standard should be undertaken.

Perscriptions for Site Maintenance and Remedial Methodologies...There are plenty of proven, developing, productive and environmentally sound (which also means cost effective) techniques for cleansing our damaged public lands of discarded plastic, glass beer bottles, dead animal carcasses, discarded concrete sidewalk slabs, wood pallets, human waste, grazing animal waste, dumped tree trimmings, illegal ATV and dirt bike tracks, salvageable dumped metal car bodies and yes...sadly...clogged leach field gravel dumped in Shavano Valley (on site SVK32) because it's too toxic to take to the land fill. The glass is crushed into "cullet gravel" and used for landscaping. The limbs and paper waste are chipper/shredded into compost (or "fluff") to remediate site damaged soils or to use as a gravel substitute on muddy campsites. Aluminum, of course, is sold to recycling at profit. The other metals are hauled to Recla Metals (Montrose) for a bit of gas money change and recycling. The plastics are chipper/shredded, solar oven melted and reformulated into walkway pavers or cast into freeform art pieces. All dried waste (human and animal) is solar cured (making it virus and microbe free) then shredded, composted and returned to the soil. Animal carcasses...well, we're still working on that one, but in the near future will be experiments with larger chippers reducing them to bone meal for soil augmentation.

In the mean time, instead of closing damaged sites to camping, the Permaculture Techniques (Rocky Mountain Permaculture Institute, Rocky Mountain Institute, Kramerterhoff-Austria, Bill Mollison-Australia, Tomten Farms-Ridgway) are combined with the Smart Shelter initiated technologies of Native Landscaping and Negative Emissions Site Development to not only restore the damages already done, but to produce attractive and healthy camping and natural areas which serve as their own signposts that abuse is not condoned and we can have both health and freedom on our public lands. Here we use the smartest of our natural armaments...cooperating with nature instead of trying to control it...which is, of course, the tension which produced the destruction and misuse in the first place.

The Land Steward Project surveys prospective locations for pilot study and developes a recommended "Perscription" for each locale, its damages and a tool to augment utilization of environmentally sound methodologies. These Perscriptions are presented to relevant land managers for consideration and innitiation.

Click the blue title link above to be taken to an itemized discussion of these technologies and also watch the Smart Shelter Resource files for the comprehensive documentations and discussions of these techniques regionally.

There is no reason for us to stand by sadly, repressing our anger, and watch failed public lands policies plummet our natural legacy into "L.A. trash piles and motorhead tracks" when the solutions are already at hand waiting for us to that will work for all of us...the Productive Occupancies as well as those behind the Destructive ones.

Nomad "Micro" Project --Research and Development of Off-Grid Living Technologies

"Micro Habitats" are complete living environments intentionally condensed into a very small shell...and often they can be easily reoriented on the same site to accommodate solar heating and cooling or moved to other locations.

The Smart Shelter Nomad Micro has been occupied and under development for 14 years. It began as an abandoned 14 foot travel trailer in a parking lot in LA. It was then outfitted to simulate cabin living in a world cruising sailing yacht and on its relocation to Western Colorado, became the development and research center for the regional network for alternative building , native lifestyle and treatment of Environmental Illness.

The Link at the top of this heading will take you to the more developed and detailed explanation (resource file)of the myriad (now over 200) systems used or researched in conjunction with the Nomad Micro.

Here's a brief explanation of what you see: The roof is constructed of spray iso-cyanate foam and graded to drain into the interior of the cabin...a white pipe out the back collects roof water (water catchment system) from the roof where it is collected for use as laundry and bathing water. The shell of the Nomad has been stripped to the frame and super insulated for heating and cooling efficiency (the home is extremely comfortable)...another layer of spray foam will be added as soon as the remaining exterior modifications are complete...super insulation is the bottom line principle in effective solar design. The Nomad is passive solar designed...most windows on the south side, oriented with the long direction of the structure along the east-west axis (which can be "orientation tuned" because of its ease of mobility). The interior contains extensive intercept and portable water thermal mass storage (which also functions as laundry and bathing preheated water sources). Thermal mass helps stabilize interior temperatures between the extremes of midday sun and cold nights. The Micro is EI-Safe...because of its age and out gassing and extensive cleaning and detoxifying precautions its inhabitant (who is an alpha two EI...basically completely chemically disabled) lives a happy and healthy life in its safety and would not consider living in any other conditions. The electrical system is all 12 volt dc-based and operates completely independently (off-grid...that is, not connected to power lines). You'll notice there are no solar electric PV panels to provide electricity from the sun. That's because the power that fires the Nomad comes not from PV panels, but from the excess electricity typically dumped after a few moments of running by the conventional automobile. The myriad trips necessitated by running the Smart Shelter Network throughout the Western Colorado regional service area provide the electricity to live by when the director gets home. It is widely known that typical EI's are EMF sensitive...that is, they react (as do we all) to the typical alternating current grid power of household wiring and appliances. Because the Nomad is converted to all DC...a safer form of power...the micro is also EMF Safe...which has a deep positive effect on sleeping patterns. Human waste and all organic trash and table scraps are solar cured (baking them to a germ and microbe-free state), composted and then pulverized into organic powder for use as a fertilizer base to build soils where invasives irradication indicates that is needed. Gray water reuse of the non-contaminated waste water from laundry, bathing and dishwashing are carefully and democratically distributed to plants in the vicinity, providing a small boost to their viability as a positive effect of the Micro's presence on the land. The Nomad is cooled in summer, first by moving to cooler climates (nice rendition for the Nomad name) and then through the use of artificial tree technologies, which bio-mimic the evaporative, shading, energy interception and cooling of trees. It is heated in winter (beyond the needs the passive solar design takes care of) by the Helena Madrigal Nautilus Stove (now in its first year of development) which burns several different fuels, circulates and preheats cabin air without fans, uses nautilus/ double helical spiral (bio-mimicing DNA structure) air to air heat exchanges to boost fuel efficiency, humidifies the cabin automatically, provides laundry, bathing and cooking hot water and is tunable through a series of six dampers...aesthetics of design to follow. Small, "flying saucer-shaped" (we call them ET Night Lights) are solo mounted, solar-rechargable, light sensing units with independent switches and provide great front step/all night lighting (non-offensive to neighbors and beasts) as well as interior night and emergency light...great to leave on indefinitely and come home to after the dance. The ET's are $8 Malibu solar walk lights from Home Depot fitted with a $3 Radio Shack switch and make incredible flashlights...every Smart Shelter vehicle has one on the dashboard...whether the vehicle runs or not...the flashlights do. Much of the diet for the Nomad comes from ongoing research into Native Lifestyle...which is based on resources native to our region (not imported)(not necessarily Native American)...but native. Herbs, teas, soups, roots tubers...yummy...some of them. Art Work...which is constantly under development is all based on value-added uses for our living-process-trash or the native ingredients our bio-region affords. Art, Crafts and Value Added Small Scale Industry are all constant focus and criterion for Smart Shelter's work, especially in development of products which can be made from invasive species to help encourage their abatement...such as wood stove pellets and cedar decorative wood products from tamarisk and music instruments and furniture enterprises based on salvaged and harvested russian olives. Cooking is done chiefly on the Sun Oven solar stove. Even in the depths of sunny but chill midwinter days, sun bathing and the antidotes to SADD syndrome are afforded by the Bunn Toaster a simple array of reflective panels on the south Micro's face which concentrates sunlight into quite comfortable "spa" temperatures...try it, you'll like glass, no walls, very low cost....and it quickly becomes a winter outside project work space affording 4-6 hours of comfortable conditions in the heart of January (whose attention span would surpass that timeframe anyway?).

Information about tours and further information on Smart Shelter research and development of Micros is dealt with elsewhere on this page...this just scratches the surface, but should get you started and hopefully a hopeful picture and explanation painted.

Short and Medium Term"Productive Occupancy" of public lands...

Of critical issue already apparent in preliminary negotiations concerning this project is the "hot item" of private citizens "occupying" or using public lands in manners current management policy does not permit or intend.

The history of our public lands and their changing intended and administered uses is very interesting. We began as a culture by (probably illegally, certainly incouragably) wresting the vast reaches of the West (and the east too) from its then present and historic occupants (which we now call "Native Americans"..that is Americans who have had their native lifestyles and property confiscated and destroyed).

The U.S. government then undertook the selling and giving of these lands to largely european migrants who would pay taxes to support government in exchange for free land (the land rush and homesteading era). In those years of apparent resource wealth, the government also awarded to industry, prospectors, bankers, land speculators and developers the rights to build railroads, mine gold and minerals, graze livestock, create towns and build roads...all usually for profit under the apology that these endeavors (which made many investors rich) were for the common good.

Then, at the beginning of the last century, the public lands giveaways ceased and the industrial, profit-generating enterprises came under increasing regulation and scrutiny, leading to our present policy and administration of the lands by entities such as the State, the Bureau of Land Management and the Forest Service, specifically discouraging occupancy or other productive use (even for quid-pro-quo advantages and improvement) but, at least for the present, still effectively subsidizing the timber, mining, gas and recreation industries with various degrees of below cost contracts...which many view as a form of "corporate welfare" garnered or lobbied for by those with wealth, power and means...and paid for by the tax paying rest of the American public.

It would make sense that we are now on the cusp of still another fundamental change in circumstances, conditions and consequent policy changes in the administration of our public lands. The cost of operations for most parks and public lands managers escalates, compounded by rapid growth as America discovers and proceeds to "love" the desert south west into powder. At the same time, at least under the current administration, the budgets warranted by the work load and growth demands dwindle in proportion. Consequently we see many ill-advised (but lower cost) decisions, such as the attempt to chemically treat invasives...a procedure which has never worked and invariably leads to "chemical dependency"...since usually after the third such treatment the invasives are the only things that will grow...soil microbes are dead, native species compromised, wildlife and humans are immune/reproductive system damaged. There are alternatives, but they demand the extra mile and the limits of ingenuity and flexibility for change.

We are already seeing, in authorized changes to government contract procedure, the first indications that change and reason are afoot. Pressures for affordable housing, privatization of government/public lands facilities, abatement scramble for public lands damages, law enforcement and invasive species control are painting a demanding backdrop of pressure and circumstances which will, without question, over the next several years insist on changes in the way we deal with the public trust.

Smart Shelter's project for Non-Chemical Space provision on public lands is a synergetic, wide-focus approach to a bundle of these problems designed to provide hope, help and empowerment not of just the EI community itself, in terms of securing for itself safe havens for recreation, but also for the sake of the public and posterity as a whole.

The provision for short and medium term accommodation of EI housing "Micros" at non-impacting locations on the public lands they are helping to service produces myriad solutions simultaneously, allowing the EI a safe site (many of us can no longer live in communities with air pollution and lawn spraying...certainly not in suburban and agricultural areas where 74% of the regional herbicide dosage is dumped on food crops) solves rent cost loads, commute problems, and immediacy of observation of infestation sites as a part of the EI's daily life style. It also provides many of the ingredients from composting which will help turn depleted soil conditions around. The side-benifits of a "watchful presence" in key areas assisting in law enforcement and providing a passive and effective assist to preventing property abuses are obvious. The educational vehicle of personal contacts between the service-providing EI and the public they will encounter on the land is singularly known to be the most effective public awareness and education tool we have. The side-benifits spin on...indicative, it would seem...that we may indeed have a "synergistic solution" on our hands that Smart Shelter is willing to step up to the cliff and take a calculated leap off of to test fly.

This is a comprehensive solution involving myriad ingredients all designed to interact synergistically. In its challenge for comprehensiveness comes the promise of powerful effect...given diligence to test fly and home the inevitable catches which will certainly arise in its birth.

It may well provide the pattern of thinking that will lead to redefining our policies for land managers caught between the new needs of the public (nontoxic recreation spaces) generated by widespread public health problems ("better living through chemistry") which did not exist thru much of the last century when our public lands policy evolved....and the potential for needed solutions our change in national attitude about preserving our public lands heritage instead of giving it away to private homesteaders and industry....against the background of funding realities for those departments.

Basically, what Smart Shelter is seeing is that the changes and needs, indeed, bring with them the solutions. To live in a better world, we need only observe the historic past, assess our current problems and be willing to step out cautiously into the "New Frontier" of insightful solutions...stay willing to change and willing to grow. The only constant in reality is change.

Those public lands managers who support and implement these changes, which will define the future of public lands policy, will undoubtedly become the administrative hierarchy of tomorrow.

Cleaning and Restoration of Public Lands....part of the value of the E.I. Land Steward Program, presence on any particular site (whether it's public or private) is that the daily sojourns from its location identify and map areas of damaged land, illegal dump sites, invasive species infestations and generally inappropriate trash. The invasive species remediation is dealt with under other subject headings here. The scattered trash is accumulated and stacked at the site for identification and documentation. If you visit a Project Site, you will no doubt find a growing pile of aluminum cans, discarded clothing, shotgun shells, plastic bottles, etc. These items have been cleaned from the environment in remote locations where only foot access is possible. The pile grows at startling rates the longer the "Micro" is on any one site and provides a sometimes whimsical study in the disregard many Americans hold for their public lands. Illegal dump sites are invariably vehicle accessible. Trash from these sites is added to the pile and the vicinity cleaned and restored. Where possible, the source of the trash is identified and the perpetrator contacted and either convinced of the wisdom of removing their debris or prosecuted along appropriate legal channels. Eventually, a "snitch" system of reporting and rewards could be enacted in conjunction with public lands management rewarding those who provide viable court evidence for prosecution of illegal dumpers and litter bugs. Surprisingly, dumpers often leave envelopes with their addresses, prescription receipts, etc in their debris, making this process of tracking mindlessly simple. When funding is available, finger print tracing, etc is carried out in cooperation with local and state law enforcement data banks to nail the more glaring offenders. The trash accumulated is dealt with in a variety of disposal regimens...the glass is crushed into "cullett" (glass sand and gravel), the aluminum is recycled for fees, the bio-degradables are run through a chipper/shredder and turned into the bio-fill to renutrient the sites where removal of invasive species involves soil disturbance. Discarded clothing is cut into rags, etc. Nothing is ever taken to the dump...a striking commentary on how beneficial and productive our trash can be with a little mindfulness.

Law Enforcement Aspects....Many abusive and criminal perpetrators seek out isolated public lands for drug sales, crystal meth lab operations, off road vehicl abuses, illegal dumping, animal carcass disposal and vandalism. Their primary criterion is a feeling of safe isolation from responsible vigalence and law enforcement. Strategic site selection on the basis of locating the most common abuse sites coupled with the skillful site location of a Land Steward "Micro" can counteract that assumption without contact...serving as a 24 hour deterent and surveillance presence.

Reconnaisance, mapping and perscription development of the Land Steward functions on a site very often produce a level of observation and sleuthing agency law enforcement cannot provide. In the instance where Land Stewards can document abuses for prosecution as they occur, coupled with a reasonable public reward system we can add a level of enforcement capable of turning the current epidemic of abuse around.

The currently developing systems of Restorative Justice already implemented in several regional courts may well provide the much needed labor force and educational/ public awareness tools necessary to repair existing abuse and curtail its furtherance. The role of the Land Steward in this process may become the magic crystal that makes the existing ingredients start to work.

Like the changes in approval and views toward Short and Medium Term Productive Occupancies...policy changes and augmentations regarding rewards, reporting, prosecution, remediation, restorative justice and vigalence procedures need to the colored, underlined title above to be taken to a thorough discussion of the Law Enforcement Aspects of the E.I. Land Steward Program.

System Perscriptions for Restorative/Charmic Justice and Public Lands Abusers...The monumental task of cleaning and repairing the damages already done to public lands with chemical herbacides/ pesticides, illegal off road vehicle use, dumping, terrain destruction, burning, unpermitted timbering and mining pose an insurmountable challenge to current resources. Unless the problem is addressed at a higher level of philosophy, legislation, enforcement and penalization it will only continue to proliferate. Within this dilema...adding current experiences and successes with Restorative Justice Systems...may also lie the solution...especially in the long term.

Policy and procedure can be changed to curtail the abuse and turn the abusers not only into the workforce to remediate their damages and others, but also to become the educational tool of the future. The key to Restorative Justice begins with apprehension (discussed elsewhere regarding Law Enforcement), substitution of immersion, education and effective work for incarceration (which never works and taxes facilities and budgets). Experiences in alcohol offender remediation and other endeavors point out that extended immersion in the solution is the key ingredient to success.

This principle is taken a step further in the Land Steward Pilot Programs based on observations similair to the acknowledged law enforcement principle that ex-criminals make the best police. The only hope long term curtailment of the current attitudes of "abuse by right" toward public lands can find is to create not only a remediative labor pool (based on those who abuse it), and relinquishment of equipment used in damages and the rights to public lands themselves (the same way we deal with driving and flying offenses) but also to invest sufficient "turn around" energy in the teachable offenders to formulate out of their experiences and energy and educational and functional tool that will become the protective mantle of our Public Lands Legacy for the distant future. In this manner, and in this manner alone, can the changes in policy and procedure for enforcement and justice we pilot and enact today preserve these assets as an irreplaceable and globally unprecedented icon for the generations and time to come.

As in other areas of incarceration and remediation, privatization of the process may also be possible...possibly recommendable...similair to the required paid counciling for drug and alcohol offenders, corporatization of prisons, contracting of educational services for criminals...etc.


Road Proliferation on Public Lands & Irresponsible Off Road Vehicle Use ...(click the preceding title to be taken to a thorough discussion of this program).....Of increasing controversy and destruction to public lands (and private as well) is the impact of new trails and roads created with irresponsible use of the new personalized travel craft (snowmobiles, atv's and dirt bikes) and lead by an increasingly irresponsible mass media marketing/advertising campaign eulogizing the appeal of ripping up another untrammeled sector of natural space to prove you're up to the challenge and threat of the natural environment. Basically, our public lands are being shredded before our eyes and on a daily basis. Many environmental groups have undertaken mapping projects to demonstrate the proliferation of unauthorized roads and trails.

The solution to this dilemma is not at hand. Part of the research work conducted by Smart Shelter in relation to these impacts is to add a further, independent voice and perspective to the discussion between motorized recreationists, law enforcement, public lands management and concerned citizens.

This is a part of the program in early formulation. Experience in past successful endeavors of this scale and magnitude have indicated that long-term, extensive communication is the keystone to solution. Unfortunately 15 years of engaging in that discourse has lead us only to today...where the deterioration of our public asset is rampant and increasing and no effective method of curtailment, public education, enforcement and repair have yet to be effected.

Possible solutions may include increased empowerment and enforcement from the responsible public (private citizen snitch and prosecution systems...similair to the Colo. Dept. of Wildlife's Operation Game Thief), more cognizant public presence on the land, increased mapping of roads, authorized closure and restoration by citizen groups, etc.

One thing is obvious at the outset. The presence of a temporary residence in locales of historic abuse serve as a silent deterrent to flagrant damages being committed in the possible presence and witness of those who could and would take appropriate law enforcement action to curtail it.

If appropriate systems of restoration can be effected to erase preliminary trails and tracks before they become commonly used and extended, this may prove to be the key to developing this portion of the Nomad Project objectives.


Regional Micro-Climate Research....Micro Climates are areas of idiosyncratic wind, temperature, inversion, air pollution and moisture downfall which, especially in terrain like that of Western Colorado, can change rapidly in distances as little as a few hundred yards or fractions of a mile. Micro Climates were critical to the native occupants of this land, who depended for their existence on knowing where to go to stay warm, how to migrate with the seasons, that is often warmer on high elevation mesas than it is down in the cold air inversion river valleys and that understanding the moods of wind patterns in locating your residence can make the critical differences in survival.

Because of our insulating technologies for structure, transportation and energy distribution, we are not crucially attuned or dictated in our locations by the moods and patterns of regional wind and weather. But our energy costs and especially for the more environmentally sensitive industries such as the organic fruit growers and the developing wine industry here....knowledge of the micro climate patterns in choosing locations and species appropriate to the weather are make it or break it decisions.

One of the easily facilitated knowledge bases afforded by the years of case studies of alternative homes regionally by the Smart Shelter Network and the myriad forms of seasonal and geographic climatological information gathered with the migration of domicile in the Land Steward Program is the beginning of the first regional Micro Climate mapping project...which will eventually provide a quick and reliable locator for those researching land purchases for natural building projects, organic micro-climate sensitive agricultural endeavors and recreational directions. Smart Shelter's Micro Climate research studies local prevalent wind directions, inversion temperature changes, air pollution pockets (especially critical to those with respiratory or environmental allergies) and seasonal climate characteristics along the Gunnison/ Uncompahgre river corridors from the Utah State Line to the top of Red Mountain Pass.

Another long-range asset provided by increasing micro-climate research is the identification of prospective locations for wind farm electrical power generation....similair to the current pilot project currently underway with Nick Gray, long time colorado cattle rancer and DMEA on a micro-climate piece of land Nick has for years noticed to be consistently wind-riddled...a problem when you're horseback, but an asset if you're a wind mill. We need about 20 such locations regionally to make the economics of wind generation feasible here. Often, the wind courses viable for electrical generation depend on micro-climate knowledge and can be critical in identifying such sites to within distances as little as a quarter of a mile...400 yards.

An ingredient in the Micro Climate Research, not common in other systemologies, is that of air pollution, its movement, seasonal accumulation and sources, which are of critical concern to the E.I. specifically (everyone ideally) in the location of sites suitable for their housing or occupancy ...whether that be permanent safe housing structures to be built or locational information for seasonal accomodation of Safe House 'Micros". Knowledge of air pollution seasons and patterns from the burning of wood and coal heating devices and their air flow direction contamination of terrain, as well as crop spraying and public lands/private lands dosing of herbicides and pesticides (as well as the wind drift from these killers) are key base knowledge for the E.I. and the responsible parent or citizen knowledgeable of the dangers of these pollutants and intent on their avoidance, to the maximum extent possible. Out of the micro climate research we have already been able to develop and to deliver to many newly diagnosed E.I.s and health aware newcomers to the area locational information regarding safe regions saving them years of painful mistakes and probably tens of thousands of dollars in bad real estate purchases. E.I. safe Micro Climates are rapidly becoming a real estate shopping criterion in land and housing acquisition in Western Colorado. Safe Micro Climate is about the #2 or #3 question of those querying Smart Shelter for natural home location recommendations...immediatly following cost, mentality of community and nip and tuck in terms of priority with code amenability and support for advanced sustainable building technologies.

(note: much of the specific information regarding seasonal and drainage wind directions, soil types and conditions/characteristics, seasonal ammenability and safety for E.I. Occupancy, invasives growth seasons, etc...all of which are relevant to micro-climate research and documentation may also be found in the discussions listed above under the specific sites...the heading is: Regional Locations, Selection Criterion and Site Status...the alpha/numeric identification of specific pilot research sites are being developed simultaneous with enlarged topographic mapping of selected areas identifying private/public land boundaries, terraine and location of approved and illegal roadways, illicit ORV tracking, dump sites and terraine damage.)

Bio-Region Delineations...a huge ingredient involved in developing state-of-the-art natural building designs comes from in-depth understanding of the regional and micro-climate conditions of a particular site. There are 30-40 distinctly different bio-regions in the Smart Shelter service area of Western Colorado. They are delineated by elevation, bedrock and soil type, plant species, wind directions and changes, rainfall, orientation and code/regulatory jurisdictions (not to mention land prices). 8 years of cumulative research and case studies here have laid a firm foundation for this knowledge, but the intimacy of actual living experiences on several of the bio-regional sites selected as part of the Land Steward Program are what continues the specific solutions and understanding of the regional environment ....which obviously provides the foundation stone for competent environmental building design. Western Colorado hosts the highest per capita utilization of natural building technologies in the United States. It is out intention to see that we keep it that way. The only way that happens is through continuing reconnaissance, case studies and living site research.

Applications to Refugee Operations and Holistic Range Management

Besides the EI housing and research/development functions dealt with here, some interesting applications for Micro-Habitat technologies are under assembly with Smart Shelter. One is the prospect of using Micros (probably of slightly larger size) as portable, temporary refugee housing for an increasingly abundant number of third world people who have had their homelands ravaged by war. One such pilot project is under discussion with the U.S. Navy-Pacific Fleet...which undertakes (because of their vast transportation and excellent medical facilities) management of refugee relocations and treatment. Concept of this project is to preselect and transplant a few experimental refugee families to Western Colorado, locate them on invasive species infested or damaged land and train them to do irradication work for personal therapy and as a method of self-sufficiency. The low-tech nature of the work and its healing effects along with the ease of relocation and livability of the Micros (often the same sizes as the homes they left...albiet a bit more high-tech) seems to make them ideal candidates for such operations. The U.S. Navy Commander in charge of Fifth Fleet Refugee Operations turns out to be hugely invested in sustainable technologies..providing an unusual platform for this a current fleet training operation on the big island of Hawaii, he landed two huge medical tents impregnated with thin-film solar electric collectors and provided DC power supply for two weeks to the entire refugee medical unit (off the sunlight from his tents...the manufacturer is in Tucson)

Parallel to the refugee operations and a bit closer to home is the ongoing initiative to integrate Micros into agricultural and ranching techniques for Holistic Range Management. Their applicability for providing onsite labor forces, especially in conjunction with the EI community may prove viable for the invasive species infestations of leafy spurge, etc. Preliminary work by Smart Shelter over the past three years with Montrose area ranchers and farmers has laid promising groundwork for non-chemical irradication of thistle, russian olive, tamarisk, white top and elm. That work continues...interested ranchers and agriculturalists are encouraged to contact Smart Shelter email at:

Free Camping Innitiative...much of the untrammeled access to public lands historically enjoyed for the past several thousand years of human occupancy are being lost to closed "solo" campsites and the instigation of privatized and mandatory campgrounds, replete with their choking fires, deafening ghetto blaster sounds, screeching children and stinking rv generators...basically little micro-ghettos on our pristine public lands. Some of the reason for this privatization and herding has come because of an increasingly irresponsible public unwilling to deal with toilet paper, human waste, fire rings and vehicle damages to untrammeled lands responsibly. But most of it is fueled by the privatization mechanism for profit by the alliance between government and industry...coupled with the lure of reducing workloads for public lands management.

Smart Shelter is initiating a long term dialog and eventually a pilot project to designate appropriate "solo" campsites...sanely away from the din of the hordes and more in keeping with what many of us come to our public lands for (tranquility, not social uproar). This program as it is now conceived will be open to those willing to spend an allotted time annually in maintenance and repair of these "solo" sites in return for a permit allowing their use and conditional on demonstrated responsible stewardship of those involved.

This program is expected to take several years to design, pilot and augment, but if successful, could provide a key, low or zero cost supply of willing and competent people power to groom our public asset and reinstate the access to sanity and tranquility so many of us who have solo camped on public lands for generations have enjoyed as key ingredients to our quality of life in western Colorado and a hedge against the erosion to privatization and social herding.

Qualification Criterion for Land Stewards and Paramaters for Program Administration This document begins the discussion of who would qualify as a Land Steward and the development of the procedures and protection for an effective program. It is being generated out of Smart Shelter experience to date and the ongoing discussions with public lands managers in the region who are fielding our requests for pilot studies in specific locales identified as viable sites. Of all the documents in the Land Steward Program, this one will be where the future is held. Its development will provide us with the operational sylibus, if the program is successful, which will carry it into the future and its effectiveness.

Permit Process For Short Term and Medium Term Productive Occupancies- This is the location where we will be posting actual permit procedures being developed with the individual land management entities. Bear in mind that these procedures are innitiated by Smart Shelter and may or may not be adopted by any particular land management entity to date. They are in progress and conditions can change daily...verify with the land management officials in your area what the status of those permits are...which helps demonstrate the need and support for a benificial public presence on the land. Postings are by Land Management the link (blue underlined name of the entity) to take you to the policy being developed.

Bureau of Land Management


Legislative Enactment of the Land Steward Program As discussed in the introduction above, the changes brought about through pilot studies and innitiation of the Programs will eventually warrant legislative enactments ....probably several of them. We won't be developing much along these lines at present other than laying the pathways to access with key legislators and creating a field of vision allowing them to watch the project develop. It is obviously much better to test fly a program like this at lower levels of authorization and administration and build it from the ground up than to take a guess at what will work and spend the time and money to lobby it into federal and state law changes...only to find out we really didn't know what we were talking about in the first place....which seems to be the course of development of many of our federal and state programs, given the maddening shortcomings of their results. On the other hand, it will not work to await introduction of the program until the last moment. By beginning now to invest the few moments in conversation with candidates during each campaign and in the incidental encounters between elections, we create a visibility that will increase the chances of legislative sponsorship and support when that time comes down the road. The solution capabilities of the Land Steward Program will make excellent campaign platform material as the inevitable chemical poisoning of Americans and their lands becomes an increasingly hot health and civil rights inevitability the current groundswell in new diagnosis and the insistence on accomodation the E.I. Community is now firing with force. The divisiveness and discounting which have characterized so much of the battle to date will not be things politicians can afford as the groundswell of public awareness erupts. Indicative of exactly this principle is the fact that a conservative Republican President (George Bush Sr.) was the one who signed the first legal empowerment of this principle and issue into law...The Americans With Disabilities Act. There is no partisanship where respiration is the issue. There are no safe hiding places once the Garlon-4 is out of the bag. Successful solutions astute politicians can point to for hope and enact when politically expedient as an already test flown operation are the critical vehicles on which fundamental systems design innovation and land use evolution such as the E.I. Land Steward Program should depend. Other approaches simply seem to fail ...probably because their foundation is guesswork and spin-doctrine instead of the iron master of experience, testing and continuity.

Long Range Jurisdictional Entity Considerations ...a system of Pristine, Quiet, E.I. Safe Nature Places...We have, at present 13% of the land area in Western Colorado in private ownership...87% in public lands. The division of jurisdictions for these public lands begins with the Bureau of Land Management, which administers lower elevation, generally non-forested lands which were not claimed for private ownership during the homestead era, usually due to non-tillable, non-irrigable or inaccessible character. These lands are now opened to grazing, extractive industry, motorized recreation, hunting, etc. Their condition is deteriorating catastrophically and current policy, empowerment, funding and staff as they currently exist (despite the often valiant efforts of some BLM officials and staff) are not scaled or structured to levels adequate and effective to curtail this we see now on a daily basis. The public forested lands at higher elevations are administered by the Forest Service on basically the same policy platforms and mimic the same deterioration, impacts and lack of effective means to curtail them. Both BLM and the Forest Service manage lands on a "lowest common denominator basis"...that is, they weather public and industrial, corporate and political pressure and try to divvy their land uses up to keep the boiling pot temperature down. Nowhere on the scene is there management based on the principle of "The Highest Standards Attainable"...that is, operating off the top of the barrel rather than the bottom. An operational criterion demonstrating the "Highest Standard Attainable" would include the ingredients discussed in the E.I.Land Steward Program...noise pollution, bans on personalized recreational motor craft, chemical-free areas, air pollution curtailment and access on condition of demonstrated responsible use.

Wilderness areas were created in an attempt to provide areas conforming to a definably higher standard. They wound up being only large acreage areas, all at very high elevations and generally inaccessible to many. At lower scales of administration our Colorado State Parks system has done a decent job of selecting locally accessible, smaller scale, higher integrity public lands for recreation uses....a step in the right direction. They are fee accessed, which is a problem. They also fall horribly short of utilizing the wood smoke, chemical pesticide and herbicide, motorized personal devices and noise pollution standards we could easily achieve and remain undeveloped as the "Highest Attainable Standards". The concept that access to public domain is a use by right inherent with any individual is flawed and produces the basis for the levels of abuse we now see, especially in light of newer generations of natives and large influxes of emigrants with little or no public lands experience or environmental ethical standards. This needs to be replaced by the concept that an individual's right to access public lands is dependent upon their demonstrated capacity to deal with them responsibly (maybe even proactively...that is mandating labor contributions annually)...and that that right can be rescinded on demonstration of violation.

At the County and Municipal levels we have several fair grounds, camp grounds, sports facilities, etc...but none (to our knowledge) that provide high level protections for the environment...and certainly none that are E.I. Safe and Accessible (and yes, we have been to them all)

The advent of conservation easements on the real-estate scene in the private lands sector may produce the seed to long term jurisdictional establishment of a system of highly pristine or valuable public (and private) lands sites that can be rendered into a collection of accessible locales (similar to the Colorado State Parks System) but administered to achieve the "Highest Attainable Standard'.....that is, that they would be legitimately E.I. Safe...therefore recommendable to the discriminating and educated public.

In the long run, it may become obvious that only through the creation of a jurisdictional entity which acquires and administers key locations of a "Highest Standard Attainable" / E.I. Safe basis will we ever construct the platform that provides superior public lands administration surpassing that of the BLM, Forest Service, Division of Wildlife and State Parks. It would be an expected spin-off result of establishment of such a jurisdiction that its standards would trickle downward and over time result in the raising of standards for these other entities through precident, demonstration and leadership...possibly even curtailing the current pattern of public lands deterioration we've seen here over the past 15 years and certainly since the mass, low-level mentality marketing of atvs, snowmobiles, jet skis and dirt bikes...which have now shredded the public domain and rendered its noise pollution levels untenable to human and wildlife alike.

Let's take this down to a specific, current example and look at a possibility. Colorado Division of Wildlife is currently entertaining sale (or exchange) of their land holdings in Escalante Canyon to a private rancher..ostensibly to acquire other land elsewhere. One site contains the historic Walker stone cabin and upstream a pristine and gorgeous granite gorge, useless for ranching and back dropped by colored sandstone badlands on BLM terrain. This property would, apparently, be acquired by the private rancher and lost to public access...a very inappropriate use of land public funding was used to acquire. Colorado Division of Wildlife has already been sued for turning its state appropriated lands intended for wildlife use over to the Colorado Department of Corrections(which then denied access to wildlife on that site) for construction of a prison (perhaps just a little different definition of "wildlife" in the eyes of some coin operated politicians). It's true that the helter-skelter distribution of DOW lands could be optimized by consolidation or trade, but not true that the pristine nature of the Walker Canyon Gorge and historic cabin site should be lost to private ranchers and cattle inundation.

A solution might be to begin the establishment of a new jurisdiction for "Higher Standard" nature ways by injecting a conservation easement and E.I. Standard administration through something like the E.I. Land Steward Program into the transaction. Because of the flexibility for standards, uses and ownership of the conservation easement laws as they currently exist, the gorge and cabin site can be dedicated to limited public access and conditional use regardless of the ownership...and this withdrawal from grazing and ranching (for which the land is inaccessible, untillable and useless anyway...not to mention its imminent tax burden to the rancher) can result in a sizable cash dividend in terms of the now marketable tax write-offs provisioned by the conservation easement in the pocket for the farsighted rancher who places the gorge into easement.

Without getting into the details, let's say that that is indeed what happens...the rancher now owns the usable DOW pasture land, DOW has now traded or bought more suitable land for their wildlife operations and the cabin site and gorge are under conservation easement with the Black Canyon Land Trust (one of several regional nonprofit entities which administer and execute conservation easements). Actual administration of that terrain now poses a problem to the Land Trust. That administration and its standards could be taken on by a newly established jurisdiction operating on the "Highest Attainable Standard" criterion outlined in this program and maintained on-site at very little or no cost by an effective E.I. Land Steward the net effect that the pristine gorge be saved, that it be given a chance to maintain its integrity by high standards and a vigilant presence and a precident be established allowing a system of similar pristine locales to be saved and administered as E.I. Safe .... accumulating eventually, both in site acquisitions and functional experience to a new system of public areas servicing a demography and mentality currently now completely ignored (despite the fact that it harbors the only system of health solutions we can see that stands a snowballs chance in hell of escaping the inevitable epidemic of immune system collapse brought to us by the increasingly expensive boiling cauldrons of chemical soup in which we are all forced to swim).

Because of the universal transparency and malleability of conservation easements, it may be that such a jurisdiction can be created and administered without transfer of land at all, including the cost and legal barriers. It may be attainable simply as a transparent overlay system of standards, presences and administration for lands that stay in their current ownership...whether private or public and that such declarations or sites or zones simply be implemented by adding levels of service and standards to that which already exist and would remain in place.

But in the long run, sooner or later, we will see the public demand for E.I. Safe and Accessible public spaces. The chemicalization of America will see to that. Why not use this escalating health disaster as the fire for launching or at least test-flying a superior solution now rather than wait until this opportunity is lost to inevitable litigation , adversarial politics, the steamrollering of our public lands administrators facing a sick (and increasingly furious) public, a laissez-faire multinational corporate manufacturing lobby which has silently dismantled all effective governmental safeguards, a political constituency increasingly bent by the corporate campaign coffer lobby and the incessant paralysis for effective movement instilled with the legacy of archaic public lands policy written for a time and condition in which none of these issues existed.

As in all Systems of Transcendent Governance, we overcome the inevitable obstacles time provides as challenging hurdles by propelling ourselves up and over them with the aid of wisdom, research, experiment, integrity and opposed to the self-victimization of our usual approach which is to avoid action until forced, deny any problem exists, bury our anxiety and guilt in spectator sports and motorized (terrorized) recreation, and then scream like hell when necessity finally has our backs to the wall and our butts in the mower...which, inevitably, it will.

We need a new public spaces jurisdiction that operates on the basis of "The Highest Standard Attainable"...not the lowest common denominator. By necessity, that means that it must address and solve the epidemic of the twenty first century...the number one disease in America today...Environmental Illness. That means providing safe (might as well be pristine) lands for those who know better...and those who soon will.

Presentations and Tours.....if you would like information or would like to have a demonstration of the Nomad "Micro" or its various aspects, contact Smart Shelter email at or leave a note at the micro location (if you can find it) and we'll contact you.

Tours (at any one of its several changing location) are welcomed and accommodated on an appointment-only basis, usually in the afternoons. Tour information will include "micro living environments" , off grid technologies (dc electrical systems, composting toilets, gray water, water catchment, passive solar design, heating and cooling systems and environmental illness considerations) as well as affordable housing considerations.

Information from tours or presentations will be of value to..... school groups, those with environmental illnesses/chemical sensitivities, single parents investigating affordable housing options that will leave them with the dignity of creating and owning their own domiciles and not being stressed continuously with escalating growth and rent inflation, environmental organizations, regional artists wanting to ramp up use of native resource ingredients in their art work, public lands officials and law enforcement entities, activists and researchers in the invasive species fields as well as those preparing to do residencies on their land during the recommended three year timeframe prior to designing and building a hybrid natural home (where they need viable, mobile temporary housing).

Tours can seldom be completed in less than two hours and seem most productive with the better part of a whole afternoon. There is no cost or fee for the tours, but you will be expected to help out for a small amount of time with gathering public lands trash or non-chemical irradication of invasive species....usually entailing a hike...bring boots and gloves.

Because the "Micro" is thankfully mobile, it is also available to travel as a demonstration module to fairs and events on arrangement. It can provide a novel, immediate and deeply instructional demonstration of sustainable technologies, off-grid lifestyle, environmental illness and public/private land health awareness. Kids love it (it's just their size). Relocating the Nomad demands a bit of time and advance notice, but is available for legitimate, high integrity events promoting sustainability in the region. A sign up list is posted at the Nomad Site in addition to email contact. Be warned...where you find the Nomad today may not end up being where it will be tomorrow.