We advocate water additions. Here is one which will not help quail. There is no way for baby or mature quail to drink from a water level they cannot reach. Babies cannot walk up to the lip. They will try, and some will fall in, be trapped and drown. Rotting birds can foul the water …
In this paper, highly-respected Texas A&M range scientists Dr. David Briske et al. conclude that planned grazing has been disproved, and that low-density set-stocking is the best grazing protocol. The paper reaches seven basic conclusions:
Elephant Mountain WMA was given to, and accepted by, the Department for the purpose of increasing big game animals which at that time included elk, page 10. The WMA’s primary goal is stated to be the restoration of native species”, page 29.
When the original settlers came, they took their teams and wagons up the valley bottoms. The wagon wheels nicked the turf, and this started gullies which can develop violently during fast runnoff. Left untreated, these will eat whole valleys.