Zaniyan Sanctuary is located on 40 acres of forest land near Cottage Grove, Oregon. It is adjacent to Fern Hill Nursery and Botanical Sanctuary who are also members of the United Plant Savers Botanical Sanctuary Network. whose mission is to protect native medicinal plants of the United States and Canada and their native habitat while ensuring an abundant renewable supply of medicinal plants for generations to come.
In addition to forest land Zaniyan is the process of obtaining land in the Eugene area suitable for biodynamic and permaculture food growing with a emphasis on medicinal plants, indigenous foods and ways of living.
On the 40 acres we are working on sustainable forest project on the land using the permaculture model, balancing the needs for cutting trees for fire breaks to protect the adjacent homes, to protecting the water, the plants, the wildlife and ecosystem. Specifically the goals are:
1. Increase stand diversity and health through the removal of co-dominant and subdominant trees that are stunted, diseased, and suppressed, the favoring of healthy and vigorous trees, and the encouragement of intolerant tree species.
2. Improve and maintain wildlife habitat through the upkeep of meadow openings and riparian areas, identifying and protecting large woody debris and snags, and the improvement and upkeep of hydrology for aquatic species and summer drinking water sources.
3. Create an environment to protect and foster the growth of endangered medicinal plant species.
Work is starting summer 2016. Students are encouraged to contact us.