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Paul calls up Chris, another fool that actually paid for a consultation on his land in Oregon rather than blowing the money on cool stuff like ice cream.

Chris wants to put in a pond, to which Paul immediately suggests making it deep, with a separate “finger” off to one side that’s basically a ditch with an emergency overflow.  This will cover habitat for both trout and their food.  Filling it won’t be a problem as the entirety of autumn and winter is solid rainfall, just not heavy rain.  Regarding the Oregon law that prevents people from building ponds, it turns out the only person Paul knows was arrested for doing so was parading around challenging the law to do something about it, and if he hadn’t he’d probably be fine.  Chris even called up his local county to ask about how to do it legally, and they basically corroborated Paul’s stance – so long as the pond is safe, and nobody calls to complain, you’re fine.

Just under two years ago, a neighboring property clear cut around 200 acres of trees and now the his land is starting to erode from the lack of support and he wants advise.  Chris suggests planting a whole lot of black locust around the perimeter, and Paul likes that but wants no more than 10% of the trees to be black locust.  The rest can be trees like apple, cherry, apricot, peaches, nuts (not black walnut), and other nitrogen fixers.  He’s already started planting some trees with a survival rate of almost 50% while being treated well and on drip irrigation, except for the black locust, which has a survival rate of 95%.  He’s even started planting from seed and gotten some of the saplings to survive the first year and look good on the other side, now all he has to do is another few hundred seeds.

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