All posts by Chris Gill

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Bighorn Ram in Two Section, July 2009

Bighorn in the mountains.

Keyline Concepts for Subsoiling

Netting out what comes below, as explained in paragraphs 11-18: always plow valleys downwards and ridges upwards. This is the heart of Keyline subsoiling and the major unrecognized aspect of contouring which can actually cause erosion to increase.   Next is the plow itself. Virtually all plows and discs are designed to kill plants and

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Steve Nelle to Mule Deer Working Group June 2009

Steve Nelle is one of the leading NRCS scientists practicing today. We tried to get the authors of Habitat Guidelines to visit Circle Ranch and meet with Savory, who journeyed from Zimbabwe for this purpose.I even offered to pay airfare. None attended.

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Chris Gill to Dr. David Briske

I had already read the Briske paper and realized that it tested Short Duration Grazing systems and not planned grazing. But when the Authors of Habitat Guidelines for Mule Deeroffered it as proof of their conclusions against planned grazing, I wrote Dr. Briske this letter and copied the Authors.

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Chris Gill's Response to the Mule Deer Working Group Regarding Habitat Guidelines for Mule Deer Advice Against Planned Grazing

Rather than send a long, separate response, I decided to try an  interlined response, dealing with these points one at a time.  I hoped that doing it this way would get the authors to focus point-by-point.

Of Mule Deer and Paradigms

I wrote this for Holistic Management International’s semi-monthly publication In Practice, discussing the Mule Deer Working Group’s unwillingness to amend its conclusions which misstated the scientific basis for their advice against planned grazing.

Mule Deer Working Group Response to Chris Gill

This is the response I received from Dr. Heffelfinger on behalf of the Authors and Sponsors of Habitat Guidelines for Mule Deer.

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TPWD Mule Deer Habitat Advice

I was surprised to learn at a TPWD mule deer seminar that the way we graze cattle at Circle Ranch harms plants and water function. So I read all the studies on which these conclusions were based and found they did not study what they claimed to study. I wrote this letter to the authors…

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A Study of Elk Movements in The Glass Mountains

This recent study shows that elk are very mobile. The shooting of elk from one WMA will effect elk numbers across almost 1.8 million acres.

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Circle Cave Dwelling, November 22, 2008

This large cave is about 80′ x 80′, head-height, and was used by indians for thousands of years.  We are excavating in an archaeology project with University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP).