Written by Jane Hutchinson
Now that Farmer Frog has signed the lease with Snohomish County Parks & Recreation (April 15, 2017), activities have begun to discover the wildlife species who call Paradise Farm home. The farm is part of the 793-acre Paradise Valley Conservation Area located at the headwaters of the Sammamish watershed. The area features a 13-mile natural surface trail system open to hiking, mountain biking and equestrian use on approximately 130 acres while setting the rest aside for wildlife habitat.
Paradise Farm is located in the Bear Creek watershed, which has some of the most productive salmon streams in the Sammamish River System. Two preliminary surveys have been completed at the farm in response to reports of black bears “frolicking” in the fields where the hoop houses are currently being installed. Plenty of black bear activity has been found on the site in this area along with coyote, bobcat, and eagle, some of the landscapes other predators.
Becoming Wildlife Friendly Certified is Farmer Frog’s goal at Paradise Farm. Through the combined use of human presence, electric fencing, livestock guarding dogs, and the cultivation of food forests, Farmer Frog’s sustainable agriculture methods will protect wild salmon habitat and keep livestock safe from predators while helping to maintain the ecological health of the Paradise Valley region for future generations.
Stay tuned to the Frog Blog for more information about this and other Farmer Frog projects.
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Here are a few ways you can get involved:
8 Bushnell® Trophy Cam HD Aggressor 14MP Trail Camera
8 Rite-in-the-Rain Field Guides, 1 per camera
8 8- to 16-GB SD cards, 1 per camera
Rechargeable Batteries and charging stations, 12 per camera=96 batteries
KTM Tracking rulers
Viz-a-viz Dry Erase Pens, Black or Blue ink only
Electric Fencing Materials – More details here soon. Farmer Frog is in the process of consulting with bear fence suppliers to locate the best materials and prices.
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Donate HERE and specify that funds go to the “Wildlife Project: Black Bears.”