Our Work

onkyayun oheki Project

“Onkyayun oheki” is Tutelo for “Mountain to Valley”, and represents an ancient view on indigenous land tenureship. This project involves establishing an indigenous community forest and permaculture center on a 42-acre parcel located in Rockbridge County Virginia. It is strategically important in that it borders not only the Adam’s Peak Block of GWNF, but also our Eena-Ahtay land, which in turn borders nearly 350 acres of mountainous forest under conservation easement as a result of our efforts. We hope to have protected 500 acres of land by the end of 2021.

Eena Ahtay Project

The Eena-Ahtay Project is an agro-ecological and ethno-botanical rejuvenation project located in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia. This project spans an area of ~80 acres acquired by NDPonics in 2019. This land is under remediation and restoration, transforming it into a traditional indigenous ethno-forest. Eco-restoration of this land is ongoing through 2020 and 2021.

Mystic Forest Project

In 2018, NDPonics secured VOF easements on ~180 acres of mountainous forest parcels belonging to private landowners, adjoining both the Parkway and a National Forest parcel deemed as "heritage viewshed". An unbroken wildlife corridor of 454 acres connecting Adam's Peak Road-less Area to Coates' Mountain has already been established as a direct result of our work.

Rural Historic District

Irish Creek in Rockbridge county is a land of immense historic, ecological, and cultural significance. The vast majority of indigenous people in Virginia descend from residents of the Irish Creek and Tobacco Row Mountain communities. There is not only a history dating to time immemorial, in the form of ancient temples, burial mounds, and terrace complexes in this area, but also the existence of extremely rare pre-Colombian forest ecosystems as documented by VOF conservation easements in this area. Including these easements, 7071 acres of Adam's Peak Roadless Area, 6000 acres of Coates Mountain, and the rest under private ownership, a Rural Historic Conservation District of ~30,000 acres would be created on Irish Creek.