Snapshot of Ash’s Homelife for Wildlife
Favored Quotes that Keep the Momentum Going
“Make a long term commitment. Commit your personal time and energy for a long time to a single place. You will not make a difference somewhere in a couple of years. Think in decades..”Greg CarrOversight Committee at the Gorongosa Project, Mozambique
“Find a conservation calling — that animal, place, issue — that pulls at your heartstrings in a way nothing else does. This will be a project that you will chip away at probably for a long time.. If you can make a big difference on one thing, that is a life well spent.”Morgan HeimPhotojournalist
Vowed never to take down a tree and we’re only encouraging new trees to pop up - We now have evergreens, alder, big leaf maple, vine maple, hazelnut, cherry, cherry plum, apple and more. Plus, we only take what’s already fallen or ready to fall for our wood stove. However, the sawdust logs are ideal!
No matter the season, they receive bird food, water and nesting material from us. They also love that we leave the brush piles and don’t burn them because it’s home to a whole neighborhood of songbirds.
Creek, Streams & Wetland
We only encourage the land to do what it wants to, with each season. We help clear dead canopies of branches to allow light to neighboring trees and the ground, we clear debri halting the water flow as it subtly changes (for the fish!) and only tend to the small paths as more manicured - the rest remains wild.
We have generations of deer who find the homestead as a sanctuary. They raise their young here, stay close to us and the chickens, and are always free to eat and drink whatever they find!
Compost set up, garden in the greenhouse, and we ensure not to disturb more soil than needed to feed us.
Squirrels & Chipmunks
Many ‘shoo’ these critters - we help support their way of life (and they even take walks along with us).
As off-grid, we compensate through rainwater collection, have a composting toilet installed and reuse grey water for the garden.
Currently removing noxious weeds and invasive species on these 10 acres, encouraging the growth of trees and plants for the purpose of building natural habitat since this acreage had been partially logged.
Acreage is raw, cabin is off-grid
House utilizes little material, as a 16x16 one room cabin, with recycled door and all windows.
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