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Bioregional Directory & Map

Reinhabiting Cities

Eco Warriors

International Bioregional Contacts

Bioregional Articles

Bioregional Publishers and Publications

Bioregional Frame of Reference

Sustainability Projects


Resources for Bioregionalists 

Links to other bioregional groups and resources

Bioregional Directory & Map

Welcome to the online Bioregional Directory* of Groups, Publications and Contacts

More and more people are beginning to consider the well-being of the places the live as central to their own well-being. Ecology-related social transformers recognize that humans have the task of rediscovering what a realistic relationship to their life-place (or bioregion) entails.

Exploring and understanding local bioregions is the natural place to begin to develop a planet-based consciousness. Bioregional groups address community, economics, interdependence and other issues from the perspective that human beings are an interactive species in the biosphere. The activities of "bioregional" groups and organizations may include research and study, bioregional education, place related publications, celebrations of place, hands-on restoration activities, actions for change, etc.

*The Directory is just beginning - not many publications or contacts are included yet. Also change happens, new groups form, maps are created. Help keep the Directory current and accurate by contacting Planet Drum Foundation with updates, additions and/or corrections.  

Reinhabiting Cities 

EcoCity Cleveland was a nonprofit organization that promoted a vision of ecological cities existing in balance with their surrounding countryside. Through its publications and projects, EcoCity Cleveland presented innovative ideas for regional land use planning, transportation systems, watershed restoration, ecological redevelopment and other issues. After 15 successful years of promoting the design of ecological cities, EcoCity Cleveland merged with the Cleveland Museum of Natural History. David Beach, creator of Eco-City Cleveland, continues the work as the director of a new Center for Regional Sustainability at the Museum.

San Francisco Green City continues publishing an online calendar of Eco events, classes, workshops, and volunteer opportunities (Green City Calendar),  listings of Farmer's Markets in the Bay Area, and other sustainability oriented Resources on this website.

  Shaping San Francisco is an incredible resource of all things San Francisco.  They  maintain an interactive online history archive, have published books and videos and continue to hold forums about important local topics. Click for the index of audio presentations they have held—(those listed in green are ecologically oriented).   

Guayaquil Green City 2003, An Outline for Bioregional Action by Peter Berg—transcript of a talk detailing urban sustainability based on bioregional realities.

Ithaca HOURS is making a community while making a living in the local Ithaca, NY area. Ithaca Hours are a legal alternative money system that provides an expanded way to barter. Rather than having to construct a two-way trade with only one other person or business, you can earn Hours in a transaction with any of hundreds of members, then spend them with any other. The money is called HOURS to remind us that the real source of money's value is created by people-- our time, skills, and energy. 

 Urban Ecology Australia, Inc. is a non-profit City and nature in balance. organization working to promote and create ecologically integrated human settlements. "An eco-city is a city in balance with nature."

New Haven Bioregional Group sponsors walks, films, canoe trips, potlucks, and other events to help residents of the Quinnipiac Bioregion connect with their natural and built environment, and to build community and local resilience. They have been exploring the Quinnipiac Bioregion Since 2005. "Food not lawns."

Eco Warriors

Friends of the River is dedicated to preserving, protecting, and restoring California's rivers, streams, and their watersheds. 

Friends of the Urban Forest is committed to the belief that trees are a critical element of a livable urban environment.

Global Exchange is a human rights organization dedicated to promoting environmental, political, and social justice around the world.

Greenaction for health and environmental justice. They confront corporate polluters and their friends in government. 

The bioregional group Guard Fox Watch formed around efforts to raise consciousness about the effects of the 1998 Olympics on the watersheds and environment around Nagano, Japan.  In 2002 Guard Fox Watch took up work around the 2002 Salt Lake City Olympics,and then made a site visit in Turin for the 2006 Winter Olympics and a visit in Vancouver, Canada for the 2010 Winter Olympics. Click for an index of Guard Fox Watch's analyses and press releases. The 2014 Winter Olympics will be in Sochi, Russia and concerned locals have already contacted Guard Fox Watch and the UN Environment committee.

Headwaters is at the forefront of defending our forest ecosystems of North America. Bay Area Coalition for Headwaters collaborates with grassroots activists on California’s north coast and organizations in the SF Bay Area, working to ensure preservation of the redwood forest ecosystem, with real solutions for workers and communities.

Headwaters Action Video Collective produce Earth Films, educational video and media that specializes in environmental and social issue documentaries. 

Humane Farming Association is leading the campaign against factory-farming and slaughterhouse abuses. They are also home to the largest farm animal refuge, Suwanna Ranch.

Santa Cruz Mountains Bioregional Council is a biodiversity planning and conservation group for the Santa Cruz Mountains (California). Their objective is to conserve native plant and animal biodiversity in the Santa Cruz Mountains Bioregion. 

San Bruno Mountain Watch has been working for over 30 years to help protect and preserve San Bruno Mountain as the largest and richest remaining example of the native Franciscan bioregion, elsewhere destroyed in the urbanized northern San Francisco Peninsula. Their mission is to preserve and protect San Bruno Mountain's native American village sites and endangered habitats. They educate the public, including groups of school children, and watchdog government agencies.

International Bioregional Contacts

A map of Australia's 85 bioregions as well as their  403 sub-regions is available from the government. They call this project IBRA.

The Web Incorporated is a bioregional organization in Australia working toward development through the Brisbane Regional Environmental Council and Forest ANA Queensland.

The Eco Ecuador page on this website has updates on the collaboration between Planet Drum Foundation and the bioregional eco-municipality community of Bahia de Caraquez, Ecuador. 

Italian Bioregional Network (c/o morettig@iol.it) publishes Lato Selvatico magazine and news of Italian bioregional movement from Po River Valley to Naples.

Japan Bioregional/Deep Ecology Movement (including Guard Fox Watch) c/o tokim@aomori-u.ac.jp  

Bioregional Articles

Some of Planet Drum's best articles appear in the Library section of this website.

Key Characteristics of Bioregional Management, an article at the World Resources Institute.

Los Angeles a History of the Future by Paul Glover originally appeared in Raise the Stakes #6, Winter 1983. It is available on these websites: Book form and with some Spanish translation.

North American Bioregional Congress Call for the First NABC by David Haenke, 1983..

15 Green Cities by Grist online magazine (Jul/19/07)

Bioregional Publications & Publishers

Columbiana is a magazine devoted to  the northern    portion of the large Interior Columbia River Basin, focuses on environment and culture; including the creation of community based sustainable economics, in harmony with native ecosystems. Contact info:

Columbiana Magazine
P.O. Box 792
Okanogan, WA 98840-0792
509-422-1976 (voice & fax)
email: columbiana@televar.com

New Society Publishers produces books to build a sustainable and just society — accountable economics, conscientious commerce, bioregional theory and practice, ecological design & planning, sustainable living, environmental justice, resistance and community, the feminist transformation, conflict resolution, progressive leadership, and educational and parenting resources. Free catalog: 800-567-6772, or browse: www.newsociety.com.

Bioregional Frame of Reference

CREEC, California Regional Environmental Education Community, is the best source for local environmental education resources in California.

Chrysalis Charter School is a school based on local science and nature education along with general curricula.  

greenmuseum.org is a non-profit online museum of environmental art. They advance creative efforts to improve our relationship with the natural world. 

InfoRain is an online atlas for the coastal temperate rain forest/Pacific salmon region of North America providing accessible and useful information and data and links to other mapping resources.

The National Water Center has been active in the bioregional movement since 1980.  They coordinate the Water Committee for the Bioregional Movement. They are located in the Ozarks Bioregional, and for two decades have cultivated and articulated a clean water practice based upon appropriate technology and personal responsibility.

A Proposal for a Bioregional, Thematic Humanities Education was originally written in 1986 to to assist Alaskan Educators in creating place-based curriculum for  Alaskan schools.  The Axe Handle Academy updates the original proposal for internet useage with supplementary hyperlinks, pictures, etc.

Sustainability Projects

Build It Green is a non-profit membership organization whose mission is to promote healthy, energy- and resource-efficient building practices in California. They offer education, information, technical assistance and training, providing a link between consumers, building professionals and product manufacturers. They work with mainstream stakeholders in the housing industry to accelerate the adoption of green building practices.  

 The Institute for Local Self-Reliance is a small organization with a remarkable track record for breaking new ground in promoting sustainable communities. 

Native Perspectives on Sustainability  offers insight from contemporary indigenous leaders from Salmon Nation to inform and enrich the public dialogue on sustainability and nurture bioregional thought and practice. They believe indigenous voices provide a valuable contribution to the dialogue on how to live in our shared home for countless generations to come.


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Last updated: 07 Mar 2019