|Mike Parkinson from the Soil|
Conservation Service (SCS) taking
the first of many soil samples on
the Valhalla property
This will open the immediate area for more sunlight and grass growth while enhancing a savannah, park-like atmosphere.
On Friday representatives from Soil Conservation Service (SCS) came for a visit gsvand we drove out into the pastures and fields. Our main pond is bone-dry now, primarily because of being heavily overgrown with aquatic plants like cattails and bank plants that literally suck the pond dry. We're making plans to clean out the overgrowth and deepen and expand the pond.
|This pond will be cleaned out, enlarged and fenced|
off while a watering tank will be installed for livestock
A holding pond within the dam itself will be less subject to summer heat and winter cold, and a series of buried water lines feeding off it will give us the option of using highly focused rotational grazing very effectively in the future.
Additionally, an existing stream will be fenced off to exclude livestock, thereby keeping the water cleaner and freer flowing, while still being available through a "ram pump" or solar pumps to fill water troughs for livestock.
All in all a win-win situation. We hope to begin serious work within two weeks.