Michael Helmersson

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Yesterday we had a family of 5 Lynx pass by our yurt. We watched them patrolling the woods hunting rabbits and we got 10 or more minutes of video. When they were done, they all came to our doorstep to regroup, walking within 10-15 feet of us as we watched and filmed. After they left we were full of positivity and joy for having had the experience. Thanks Nature.

P.S. the 5th Lynx was a slowpoke and didn't catch up to the group until the photo op was over.
2 days ago

Dale Hodgins wrote:I did a job for a retired policeman who worked in Yellowknife Northwest Territories. A quick Google search showed that there is a street of that name in Yellowknife. I think policeman are supposed to prevent theft.



Long ago, I got drunk in a converted school bus on Ragged Ass Road.
3 weeks ago
Just to update, for closure purposes-- I've discovered that this area I've been looking into is actually a "floating bog". I dug a hole and brought up nothing but dense, fine roots all tangled into a dense mat. As I was digging, my girlfriend was standing 5 feet away on snowshoes and felt the "ground" shake from my shovel being plunged into the hole I was trying to dig. My research tells me that there is little fertility and little hope of growing anything of great interest to me. Tamaracks in the area are stunted and 3 times the age of similarly sized tamaracks in better sites. I'm 90% certain that this idea is now in the dumpster.

Thanks for those that shared thoughts and ideas.
1 month ago

John Young wrote:I think that being able to dig into the soil right now is promising, to be able to directly transplant seedlings while they are dormant. My limited research shows red maple as slightly more cold hardy than silver, something to consider.

I think short of dozerwork to recontour the area, planting plenty of trees that can tolorate the seasonal ground moisture while establishing a root system to help stabilize the soil is likely your best bet. If you have access to cheap seedlings that may be a good option, or collect seeds and sprout your own.

I have a dozen plus volunteer red maple tiny seedlings I moved to a garden area and plan to transplant to permanent homes next winter when they are slightly larger.



Thanks John. Yes, I was surprised that the ground was still soft. And mushy. It's been a mild start to winter here but not overly. My plan is to acquire seeds this coming spring and get seedlings started asap. If I can get them in the ground over the next winter I'll be happy. I wanted Silver Maples because of their quick growth (I'm in my 50s) as well as their wet-tolerance.
1 month ago

Jamin Grey wrote:How old are y'all's maple trees?

If planting a maple tree, do I really have to wait 30-40 years?

Can I at least get some production tapping a maple tree at, e.g. 10 years?

What species can I tap earliest?



I'm thinking the same thing, that's why I'm leaning toward Silver Maples. Allegedly, they can be tapped in as little as 10 years. (when they reach about 10"dia)
1 month ago
I cleared a patch of snow and jabbed my iron bar into the ground. No resistance, no rocks. I could get 3.5ft down with no sense of "bottom". Immediately smelled sulphur and water filled the hole left by the bar. In the area that I dug out, there was Bog Rosemary and leaves from Dwarf Birch. Is it just me or does all this information just scream of an ideal habitat for Silver Maple? (30% sarcasm)
1 month ago
Currently reading "The Art of Not Being Governed" by James C. Scott which outlines the common template all/most civilizations use-- namely the concentration of food production in the richest agricultural area possible and the maintenance of a dense population (usually by force) to generate a food surplus to feed an army and an elite class that shouldn't have to work. We haven't evolved much from this basic model
Next in line is "History: Science or Fiction?" book 2 by Anatoly Fomenko. This 8 volume series goes into the excruciating details of how our history has been falsified and stretched out by 1000 plus years, apparently in order to justify the claimed right to rule over humanity by a handful of people that wanted to rule and own the world. I believe they still do.
1 month ago

r ranson wrote:I have the wood but haven't gotten further yet.  The desire is still high, but the need is low so it keeps getting pushed down the list of projects.  



I'm sorry this hasn't come to fruition for you yet, but I can relate to the "list of projects".
1 month ago

r ranson wrote:
When I look at it this way, there is no reason why I shouldn't have a yurt.


I definitely can't afford to buy one, but if I could it would be the 4 wall or 5 wall yurt from Groovy Yurts.  This company is a huge source of inspiration for me.  They import Mongolian yurts that come from Mongolia and are built by people who live in Mongolia.  For the most part, the yurts are made using traditional materials and designs.  These materials and designs also seem to have the low eco-impact.  


Any thoughts or words or encouragement?




I'm just seeing this post now. We've been living in a Groovy Yurt for 5 years now and fully agree with your comments about the company. Did you ever get anywhere with your yurt goals?
1 month ago

Jason Hernandez wrote:

r ranson wrote:
What do you think about when you think Nomadic Housing?



I think about a world that mostly no longer exists: hunter-gatherers and nomadic pastoralists.


It's sad that nomads have almost been eliminated and that the U.N. is actively engaged in sedentarizing any that remain. But, I'm finding it enlightening and encouraging that many of the world's nomadic peoples are not remnants of prehistory but were at some point "civilized" but then opted out, fleeing back into the wilds to escape a life that was miserable, labor-intensive and unhealthy. James C. Scott's book "The Art of Not Being Governed" is opening my eyes to yet another myth that we've been misled to believe. Maybe we're on the verge of another wave of people reverting back to their true place on the planet, far from desks, asphalt and factories.
1 month ago