I have been a long time reader. I live in a mountainous high desert. I had been assuming that our regional water care would be best served by lots of small scale water capturing via gabions, swales and small dams with healthy vegetation planted along it to minimize wind and sun evaporation. Or valleys are generally filled with sagebrush and our mountains with conifers. The higher you go there more trees in the mix. Today I ran across this https://m.kvpr.org/?utm_referrer=https://m.facebook.com/#mobile/49251 The man claims the tribes used to improve the hydrology by clearing Meadows and thinning trees. Most of the systems I've seen related to the permaculture institute projects seen to advocate for high density planting to maximize use of land, resources and companion support. The idea that in a larger eco-system you may want to limit growth to ground cover in some areas to minimize water use seems both obvious and in opposition to the systems people seem to prefer here. I'm sure the dissonance is only in my own head, but the confusion is there for me. If we are thinking on a larger scale what does everybody consider a healthy balance?