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Circle Ranch Indian Cave

Circle Ranch Indian Cave

At Circle Ranch we have what may be the most important unexplored cave dwelling in far-West Texas:  A large cave which occurs in one of our limestone escarpments.  It is about 200-feet above the desert

Genuine Land Stewardship

Genuine Land Stewardship

Reprinted in its entirety below is an excellent article by our friend, Steve Nelle, entitled Genuine Land Stewardship.  Steve is a range and wildlife scientist who has enjoyed a long and successful career in the National Resources

Young Elk and Ocotillo

Young Elk and Ocotillo

It is springtime at Circle Ranch, and even though there has been no rain since October and none expected until July, desert plants are blooming, lambs and fawns are appearing and young elk are starting

Texas Bighorn Society Funds Aerial Gunning of “Exotics” – Potentially Including Elk

Texas Bighorn Society Funds Aerial Gunning of “Exotics” – Potentially Including Elk

It is hard to believe that an organization committed to Fair Chase hunting, wide-scale habitat improvement and restoration of large game animal diversity would in any way associate itself with the eradication of elk, an

Mountain Lion in Red Mountain Pasture, June 20, 2010

Mountain Lion in Red Mountain Pasture, June 20, 2010

“The last word in ignorance is the man who says of an animal or plant, “What good is it?” If the land mechanism as a whole is good, then every part is good, whether we

TPWD Habitat Survey at Circle Ranch

TPWD Habitat Survey at Circle Ranch

In late fall of 2010 Texas Parks and Wildlife Department conducted a habitat survey at Circle Ranch, to see if our many cattle and other species including so called “exotics” were harming habitat through “competition”.

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Big Bend Ranch Bighorn Releases: Science, Financial Responsibility, and Ethics
Roads and Erosion: #3 of 3: Results of Treatments of Substandard Ranch Roads

Roads and Erosion: #3 of 3: Results of Treatments of Substandard Ranch Roads

Most old roadbeds are simply abandoned after they become impassible.  S.O.P. is to move over a vehicle-width, and start a new path.  When that wears out, do it again, and so forth.  Near Santa Fe,

Roads and Erosion #2 of 3: Addressing The Destructive Erosion of Substandard Ranch Roads

Roads and Erosion #2 of 3: Addressing The Destructive Erosion of Substandard Ranch Roads

In the summer of 2007, Circle Ranch together with the Dixon Water Foundation, sponsored a road seminar at Circle Ranch. Attendees came from as far as the Navaho Nation in Arizona.  Bill Zeedyk, noted erosion

Roads and Erosion: #1 of 3

Roads and Erosion: #1 of 3

Pictured here is a typical gully. It was caused by a road which triggered an upward-moving headset. How can you tell an active gully? Whenever the sides of a gully are vertical, the gully is