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Steve, aspen ,7800 ft, Wyoming, ideas.

 
Miles Flansburg
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Howdy Steve, I have ten acres in the foothills of South Eastern Wyoming. About 7800 ft elivation.
Not a full time living place. Just one week a month right now.
Lots of water , springs and streams.
In the transition zone between sagebrush and aspen, then on up the mountain into fur and pine forests. Saskatoons and wild roses are plentiful.
The soil is deep loam from years and years of aspen leaves falling and composting.
Lots of mushrooms and all sorts of wild flowers , grasses and shrubs.
Lots of wildlife, Deer, Elk, Moose, fox, bear etc. So protection of domesticated plants is a must.
I have been slowly clearing out some of the standing deadwood, making hugel beds and building fences.
I have been scattering seeds and pits of any fruits my family eats and hope to try some nursery stock in the next few years.
I have a project thread with pictures here...

http://www.permies.com/t/27935/projects/Miles-Wyoming-Gulch

What kind of advise would you give me?
 
Steve Gabriel
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Hi Miles:

Your land sounds amazing. I hate to sound like I am giving a shameless plug, but you are seeking ideas, which is what our book really offers to forest owners. We try and give the context for forest use and then provide a range of potential ideas from food to medicine to animals to other products.

As I've mentioned in other posts, successfully farming your woods comes down to two things: determine your personal goals and aspirations, and read the landscape to see what forest types currently thrive in your corner of the world. Then, mimic them. Determine species that fit well within your context.

Those following my posts will notice a theme; mushrooms. This is a really solid place to start. Especially if you are only visiting the land from time to time. You can inoculate a bunch of things and then leave them be.

cheers
Steve
 
Miles Flansburg
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Thanks Steve, Mushrooms are something I really need to learn more about, especially since there are so many all ready there.
Looking forward to reading your book!
 
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