Our Wildlife Adventure

Lloyd Sargent Mon, 08/29/2016 - 18:37

Over twenty years ago we bought a working hay field and kept it running. It was a lot of work, between scheduling to get it cut and calling customers. Some years we made a little bit of money, on others we made little to nothing. One aspect that was never considered in all of this was wildlife preservation. What is wildlife preservation?

Well, to put it simply, it is setting aside land so that it can be used by wildlife. Simultaneously, the owners can user it for recreation (within limits) and still receive agriculture exemption. In order to satisfy the state and the county, one has to perform three of the following seven goals:

  • habitat control

  • erosion control

  • predator control

  • providing supplemental water

  • providing supplemental food

  • providing shelters

  • census counts to determine population

The goal in all of this is to assure a steady increase in the wildlife population. As a side-benefit, we also get to look at the animals!