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Just Got Some Land

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Location: Seattle,WA
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Well I finally joined up on here, been lurking for a few years here and there. I got reintroduced to site when Paul was on The Survival Podcast. I couldn't find a new member introduction so just thought I would start here.

I live in North Seattle in one of the many burbs and we recently got some land outside of Wenatchee, WA.

It's just under 12 acres of sloped/Mountain land with a year round creek running down the middle, backs up to 325 acres of BLM land and then 1000's of acres of state land. No power to property but with 300+ days of sunshine most people use solar out there. I wanted off grid land and now I finally got some.

Property is located near Wenatchee,WA The foothills of the Cascade range, Lots of wildlife and looking forward to going deer hunting later this year on my own piece... The area is known for great hunting of Mule deer, Elk, Bear...etc.

According to Bing Maps the property is 146 Miles from our place in the burbs, so about 2.5-3 hours of drive. I was looking at larger tracts of land 25+ acres but all were 5+ hours away. I plan on doing some permaculture there as the land on one side is quite barren and will be perfect for swaling the land.

The land is only accessed through gates but luckily I don't have any HOA's or road maintenance agreements I have to pay for, there are 2 gates that I can use, one is through the BLM land the other one of the other home owners. Have both sets of keys, should keep out the riff raff...don't plan on building anything big there, just a small hunting cabin with sleeping loft. Long as it's under 200 Sq ft and has no indoor plumbing then no permit required.

One of the neighbors who is about 2 miles away has a really nice cabin up there that's only 200 sq feet, has outhouse and outdoor/shower wash room. Uses solar to pump water up to a tank for gravity pressure.

I wanted to join this site to interact with some fellow permies, I plan on spending the next year gathering data and getting a game plan set. Building a small cabin etc...

Here's some pictures;

This is the lot layout with North at top center, so it's backward from the next picture. I've got a great area to try my hand at swaling and some permaculture. The creek meets up to make a larger creek just before my property so I hoping I'll have good flow all summer long. The area from the left hand side of the property line is all BLM (Bureau Of Land Management) land...good hunting area from what everyone tells me. I think I should be able to find a good spot for a deer stand around there.

This is basically looking south somewhere around the corner of the property. It was a pretty rough road in during the winter...need 4x4 for sure. I didn't hike to the bottom to get any pics...everything is starting to melt and I should be back in a few weeks.

Thanks, Just wanted to share with everyone. I'm currently looking into local permaculture classes and hope to try it out on my land over the next few years.
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Location: Western Washington (Zone 7B - temperate maritime)
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Welcome to the board here.  I too found out about permaculture through Jack, although I have been lurking here on this board for about a year.

I wish I had learned about permaculture before I moved here - I would have chosen a different lot.  I live on 5 mostly wooded acres, and most of that is pretty soggy most of the year.

From what I can tell from your picture, you live on a slope which is facing North, meaning the opposite of what a permaculturist usually considers ideal - south facing slope, in order to absorb all that precious sunshine.  Not a deal breaker, but may prove to have some challenges.

I'm happy for you though.  Getting as much sunshine as you do, I am sure you'll do great.  Exciting, huh?
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Location: Currently in Lake Stevens, WA. Home in Spokane
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Laws vary from state/state, but I once lived in a place where the neighbor from across the creek drove through our yard 2-3 times per year to access his property.  He explained that he had a right of way through our property, and if he didn't use it, he could legally lose it.  Just to be safe, be certain to use your neighbor's gate a few times per year.  It could be Hell to lose one of the roads in/out.
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