During the fall of 2005 we built a concrete structure at the outflow of the pond in order to stabilize the outflow at a constant rate. This relatively unobtrusive structure, now moss-lined, has also allowed us to estimate the approximate production of the spring at the outflow at greater than 22 gallons per hour. Given that water produced by the spring evaporates and also percolates into the surrounding soil, we know that production from the spring itself has to be greater than the water that exits the pond through the outflow.
There are times in the spring and summer when I think that the local bear population outnumbers the local human population. The black bear is quite an impressive creature capable of doing a bit of damage. We are fortunate that the black bear is also a relatively peaceful species. The bears will surrender their normal shyness in pursuit of the seed that many of our neighbors offer to the rich bird population that visit and, in some cases, live on these ridges. At Hidden Springs we don't we don't intentionally feed birds or other wild species. We are, however, replacing exotic vegetation with native vegetation that produce food for the birds and other animals. By the way, the bears like the spring pool and frequently use it as a ‘wallow’ in which to bathe. Nothing smells quite like a bear dripping wet from its bath. Here at Hidden Springs we are using many of the restoration techniques we applied and experimented with at White Oak Cottage in Georgia, and subsequently published in Countryside Magazine, Permaculture Magazine, and other outlets.