Wild Zones

The south compound - home of the Barnhouse, Homestead and Stagecoach Inn - was carved out of the edge of a hay field.  Its placement has the least impact on wildlife, leaving large expanses of meadow and willows for grazing and browsing.  That was fine for the moose, elk and deer, but in order to improve the habitat for birds and other small critters, several "wild zones" have been established around and between the three cabins.  In addition to large conifers, there are mountain ash, native and golden willows, Rocky Mt. maples and many other shrubs and berry bushes, as well as a sprinkling of colorful flowers - providing food and cover for the birds, and a brilliant color show in the fall.  

In the pictures you will notice fences around each zone.  We would have preferred no fencing, but long years of experience have made it clear that only with such barriers will the trees survive.  We have very particular herbivores in these parts - they have a nose for the upscale browse and tender pine tips at Alta Meadow - preferring them above all other such flora in the vast wilderness next door.  So we have fences.  Hopefully, they will soon disappear in the tall grass. 

These pictures were taken in September 2002, only a few short months after the trees were planted.  The weather was kind, giving them an excellent start - and the "wild zones" were an instant success.  The birds flock in, fawns nap in the tall grass, and guests enjoyed the beauty and sense of privacy these trees bring to their vacation homes.  In can only get better, and we'll keep track of the progress on this page as the years go by. 

 

Kestral looking for lunch


Mid September 2003 with a light dusting of snow.  Later that day it was sunny and 70 degrees.

 

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