Category: CULTURE

Legislation Reclassifying Elk as ‘Exotic’

Here is the legislation that changed Texas’ native elk from treasured, protected game animals to vermin that are shot on sight at all state-managed lands in far-West Texas. The legislative declaration that elk are not native is scientifically incorrect and meaningless. This legislation was introduced under the normal “radar,” declaring an “emergency,” thereby avoiding the

Book Review: Baker Morrow – Best Plants for New Mexico Gardens and Landscapes

  It’s difficult to find good advice on suitable plants for the deserts of Northern Mexico, far-West Texas and New Mexico, because such advice is geographically generalized, which doesn’t address the actual situation in the desert. Within short distances in the desert, the temperature, rainfall and elevation can change drastically. Best Plants for New Mexico

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Where’s a Real Environmentalist When you Need One?

Many of the strongest advocates for planned grazing of cattle and other domestic animals to maintain and restore habitat health – ourselves included – started out opposed to grazing, which the agencies and universities have taught 4-generations to believe is bad for plants and animals.

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Did Humans Live in California 100,000 Years Earlier Than We Thought?

At our Circle Ranch Indian Cave,  Arizona State University found charcoal that radiocarbon dating says is 25,000-years older than the 10,000 BC date which most scientists say is when humans arrived in North America.  This extraordinary date change would be small compared to what is discussed below. NOTE: This post initially appeared on News.NationalGeographic.com on

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New York Today: Prospect Park Goes to the Goats

Even the folks in New York City have figured out that animal impact – in this case ‘exotic’ goats –  can better maintain open space than machinery or chemicals.  This insight puts them ahead of Texas’ mainstream wildlife ‘managers’.

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Can Sheep Save the Planet?

“Desertification is a fancy word for land that is turning to desert,” states Allan Savory in his quiet but inspirational form. Desertification is happening to about two-thirds of the world’s grasslands, accelerating climate change and causing traditional grazing societies to descend into social chaos. Savory has devoted his life to stopping it. He now believes,

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Miracle in the Nevada Desert

Beaver and cattle are symbiotic. Together they can turn desert into wetlands.

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Lacey and Lizzie at Circle Ranch

The art scene has made Marfa a magnet for film makers, fashionistas, artists and art followers. Their addition to the ranchers, hunters, mexicanos and eccentrics makes far-West Texas even more interesting.

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Happy New Year From Circle Ranch

2015 was the year of the big blizzard.