Prescribed burns are employed at Kinloch Farm to benefit fire-adapted species, set back succession, open passageways for wildlife, and hasten nutrient cycling.
By grazing our cattle rotationally, we can produce excellent breeding stock while improving water quality, reducing compaction and erosion, and increasing soil organic matter.
Native grasslands are our region's most endangered ecosystem. By seeding former agricultural fields to native grasses and forbs, we benefit the many threatened species that depend on this habitat.
At Kinloch Farm we strive to improve the ecological value of our land through the practices featured below.
Because of the importance of acorns to many native animals and the decimation of oak saplings by overabundant deer, oak regeneration in forests is a key concern. Kinloch uses deer exclosures, hunting, and selective logging to benefit oak species.
Kinloch Farm has installed 30 acres of riparian buffers to keep cattle out of ponds, springs, and streams. These buffers stabilize streambanks, reduce erosion, and filter excess nutrients before they reach bodies of water.
Invasive plant control
A major effort at Kinloch Farm is to reduce the effects of invasive plants on our lands by monitoring and controlling the populations of our most pernicious invaders.