Mariah Wallener wrote:While I want fencing that will keep the dog in, I don't want to exclude the fantastic Roosevelt Elk who wander through our property regularly. There's nothing like waking up, looking out your window, and seeing a 6 point buck leading his harem of ladies and their babies across your field. Now I know that they can jump pretty high but they may just choose to wander elsewhere if we put up too much of an obstacle. Having them visit our property is one of the highlights of our place and I would be very sad to exclude them from the grasses they enjoy so much (plus I don't like the idea of reducing their habitat).
There are two type-one errors--very bad errors--to avoid. One
is to site your client on these ridges, or in wind tunnels, or in
fire funnels. The other one is to put people in the bush, to make
a tiny clearing in the bush and locate a house in there. From
the moment people move to the site, they experience terrible
Our clients are usually very conservation minded people.
They like squirrels and chipmunks and beavers. They don't ordinarily
shoot them all day long. As soon as we locate a client
in the scrub, we make him a very attractive target for all the
local animal and bird population. They are racing for his pumpkins.
What happens? The woodchucks go there. So he has to kill
the woodchucks. He didn't want to do that. What's more, he
will kill woodchucks all his life. It's true. He has to shoot wallabies,
kill woodchucks, go out with a club and beat possums on
the head. Yet he is a gentle vegetarian soul. The animals are
badly killed and mangled so the client gets a guilt complex. He
heads back to town because he can't stand it. He has to leave
it to somebody else to carry out this bloodthirsty business, all
because you put him in the bush!
Perhaps he has a nice white pine by the fence, and he can't
grow anything within 40 feet of it. So is he going to starve or
kill the white pine? He is going to kill the white pine. Gradually,
the site begins to look like a bit of penicillin in the middle of
bacteria. Everything around gets murdered. The client turns
into the usual redneck. For what turns a person into a redneck
is constant killing. You can turn a gentle conservationist into a
real rough person. You did it. That's your fault. Or, if it was
somebody else who did it, then you have a retrofit job on your
Mariah Wallener wrote:
Cjverde, I appreciate the quote from Introduction to Permaculture but I don't believe it applies to me, not really sure what point you were trying to make?