See Montana's Wildlife Friendly fences.
The group designs a visually distinctive set of very suitable fence types that contribute to the rural character of the county. It develops an efficient procedure for installing it, creates horse and other pasture fences, and creates specialized fences for gardens, beehives, and rabbit housing protection. It is likely that signs (for Rural System Tracts, Dogwood Inns, etc.) mentioned with The Products Group will be created in this group. Local woods are used. A notable but compatible-color is used. Minimum wood preservatives are used. Birdhouses accompany almost all Rural System fences. Nested hexagonal pastures are used in rotating grazing to rest areas from use and to create unusual patterns on the landscape. Lay-down fences allow maximum rest rotation grazing strategies.
Flagpoles with locally-made colorful flags are typically placed at two corners of each fenced pasture. Under-sized wood is thinned from forests to supply fencing and to improve stand quality. Special efforts are directed at stream and pond bank fencing to reduce erosion and to improve riparian volume conditions generally. Abundant fencing is needed throughout the property to allow for livestock management. It can enhance greatly the esthetic beauty and rural atmosphere.
Abundant low quality wood exists. In this enterprise a log splitter can be used to form split small fence rails. By emersing them in a gas-, coal-, or wood-heated vat of preservatives they can then be used area-wide or baled and moved by rail or truck to urban centers for sales for yards, estates, and farms.
A unique sawn fence post with a built-in bird house (described later) will also be a potential market commodity having wildlife as well as functional benefi ts.
The advantages of this group are in are wood products with higher value than chips, objects that are needed for the property, and some with off-site sales appeal. By careful planned use of a unique fence style, the image of the region and the corporation can be built and enhanced. Visitors may so admire the fences they will order them for their property. Consistency of style and evident "fit" into the planned appearance of the total property are needed. An architectural review panel (2-person) is needed for fences as well as all structures. They will have the responsibility for deciding on or approving paint, color, texture, proportions, materials use (stone, glass, wood, etc.) and assuring a high quality visual experience for visitors and one that enhdnces the life quality of the residents. (Initial Needs: Splitter, powered post hole digger; bur router; contract-sawn posts.)
Deer damage has reached unbearable levels in some areas. Work with the Pest Force is one option that may develop, but a separate subproject may develop a cost-effective high out-rigger fence for protecting nurseries, crops, and high-valued landscaping. Solar energized electric fencing and repetitious use of repellents (as from a lawn mowing service) may also become part of the supplies and services provided.
The preservative properties of daffodils, Eastern cedar, Christmas ferns, common moss, black locust, Ohio buckeye, and walnut hulls (see Walnut Vales) will be investigated for use with biopreservation-substances.
Perhaps you will share ideas with me about some of the topic(s) above .
Robert H. Giles, Jr.
July 3, 2005, August, 2008