Stewardship Of The Land

Conservation

Ethical stewardship and conservation of the land is a primary goal at Eagles Nest Reserve.  The entire estate is managed to encourage wildlife and natural diversity.  We are fortunate to be stewards of this beautiful place on Mother Earth. Pastures are managed with a grazing herd of alpacas who are easy on the land ruminants without hooves that help keep fire danger down.  The vineyard is managed without synthetic pesticides or herbicides and cover crops such as subclover, white clover and sheep fescue add fertility and control weeds.  An array of solar panels produce most of our electricity for seven months each year.

Conservation

Ethical stewardship and conservation of the land is a primary goal at Eagles Nest Reserve.  The entire estate is managed to encourage wildlife and natural diversity.  We are fortunate to be stewards of this beautiful place on Mother Earth. Pastures are managed with a grazing herd of alpacas who are easy on the land ruminants without hooves that help keep fire danger down.  The vineyard is managed without synthetic pesticides or herbicides and cover crops such as subclover, white clover and sheep fescue add fertility and control weeds.  An array of solar panels produce most of our electricity for seven months each year.

The Birds

The Reserve is a birdwatchers dream! A large colony of cliff swallows reside at the Eagles Nest barn and a string of nesting boxes through the vineyard are filled with western bluebirds, tree swallows, and wrens each year.  Around the Reserve, you’ll find many raptors including Cooper’s and red tail hawks, northern harriers, peregrine falcons and a large number of kestrels.  Other avian residents and visitors  include herons, buffleheads, ringnecked ducks, bald eagles and osprey at the ponds, pileated woodpeckers, great horned and barred owls in the forest, and goldfinches, white crowned sparrows, and lazuli buntings in the vineyard and meadows.  There are many more!

The Beasts

The easement-protected forests and pastures support a herd of Roosevelt elk, black tail deer, bobcats, black bear, cougars, raccoons, and coyotes. The various ponds, wetlands and creeks on the Reserve have red-legged frogs, newts, Pacific giant salamanders, beaver, muskrats and Native cutthroat trout.  The meadows of Waibel Gulch are being left as grazing land for deer, elk, and the alpaca herd.

The Beasts

The easement-protected forests and pastures support a herd of Roosevelt elk, black tail deer, bobcats, black bear, cougars, raccoons, and coyotes. The various ponds, wetlands and creeks on the Reserve have red-legged frogs, newts, Pacific giant salamanders, beaver, muskrats and Native cutthroat trout.  The meadows of Waibel Gulch are being left as grazing land for deer, elk, and the alpaca herd.

Healthy Forests

Eagles Nest Reserve is located on prime farm and forest lands.  We’ve placed much of the Reserve into two conservation easements with Helvetia Community Association. The Beaumont Preserve is a mature western red cedar forest laced with woodland hiking trails.  The southerly portion of the estate is in a working farm and forest easement and has meadows and a mature Douglas fir forest.  Much of the land too steep for vineyard and farming is being reforested with an emphasis on diversity.  It is our belief that these valuable lands should be protected from urban development for future generations.  To discourage this development we must use these lands, but use them wisely.

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