Linden Tree Retreat & Ranch works hand-in-hand with several conservation organizations, as well as local, regional and federal government in developing sustainable, environmentally responsible programs that benefit all. Those programs include Open Land Restoration, Bear Habitat Mapping and other wildlife studies.
We view nature conservation as an important product of our ranch management practices. We approach each piece of land from a holistic perspective, looking at the ecosystem’s health from a landscape-scale and then narrowing our focus to particular areas of concern. For instance, a portion of Linden Tree was formerly used as grain fields. When the planting ceased, the fields were overrun by weeds. By implementing our grazing program in tandem with monitoring, we were able to restore native grasses to the area. As always, our actions are informed by our own experiences as well as perspectives from ecologists, botanists, and biologists to build on our whole-system knowledge. The result is a healthier, more stable and more productive micro-ecosystem that in turn contributes to the health of the ranch and the valley as a whole.
To balance needs of our horses for their food and play and nature’s need for her other children, we set aside the conservation area into which we only venture to observe and not interfere. We zoned the remainder of the Ranch into grazing areas and facility area.
All aspects of Linden Tree operations are low-impact and updated as technology allows. Composting and recycling governs food menu and beverage service, gray water gardens produce excellent fruits and high efficiency wood furnaces create hot water and heat buildings. All land and lake adventures are non-intrusive and conservancy-driven. We aim to minimize the environmental impact of all our activities. Using designated trails we aim to lessen our footprint in the Park.
Your visit at Linden Tree Retreat & Ranch actively contributes to the conservation of not only Velebit Mountain and its diverse flora and fauna but to the wider ecosystem as well.