What is Bioregional Planning?
"The idea of bioregionalism and planning for a bioregion, although thought to be a new concept to much of modern society, is not new to the indigenous peoples throughout North America. Bioregionalism and planning for a bioregion is a "modern version of a timeworn perception of the world" that has been held by indigenous cultures for thousands of years (Sale, 1983)."
"Bioregional planning acts upon the precepts of bioregionalism and engages in planning processes and land management that approach environmental, cultural, and social mechanisms with equal consideration. Bioregional planning employs scientific methods to restore, maintain, and enhance biodiversity and the natural ecosystems of the local environment.
Also, bioregional planning promotes “practical sustainability” to meet human demands for food, water, energy, housing, and materials (Peter Berg Planet Drum Foundation, 2002), while acknowledging the value of the natural environment. In implementation, bioregional planning methods are site-specific and adapted to fit within the physical and ecological limitations of the bioregion. Ecosystems play a fundamental role in the functions and processes occurring within bioregions. Bioregions and ecosystems are dynamic, complex systems. Thus, it is valuable to seek input from relevant scientists and other professionals."