Category: HABITAT RESTORATION

Wild Horses Wait on New Pastures

Viewed in hindsight, it turns out the good intentions of horse advocates have led to bad consequences for horses. The slaughter prohibition discourages horse ownership. The wild horse population explosion has caused a backlash in sentiment towards wild horses. And, Mexican slaughter yards are less humane than America’s. NOTE: This article originally appeared in:http://www.californiareport.org/ in

Ranchers Deploy Donkeys Against Dingoes in Australia

In yet another example of species that have the same diet being complementary not competitive, burros and horses (equids) will defend other species such as sheep against predators. If we think outside the box, perhaps  the equids’ inbred hostility to coyotes, wolves and lions might make them useful in protecting wild species against predation. Countless

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Texas Elk and the North American Wildlife Conservation Model

For 150-years American conservationists have followed the the North American Wildlife Conservation Model. It has been beneficial for waterfowl and iconic big game species across the continent with the exception of elk in far-West Texas. Here on state-managed lands Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) bighorn sheep managers kill all elk in the scientifically unsupported

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The Agriculture Of Hope: Climate Farmers Of North America

We can debate whether human impact contributes to climate change, but we cannot deny that human agricultural practices harm range and farm lands. These practices can be changed in ways that will restore the land, its profitability and conceivably, help the climate as well.

This Tiny Country Feeds the World

Humane, low chemical, sustainable intensive agriculture, Dutch style.

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These Hungry Goats Learned to Branch Out

At Circle Ranch we have also found that goats can be very useful as grazing tools to help maintain habitat for wildlife.

How and Why Holistic Planned Grazing Can Restore Habitat and Ranch Income

  This paper, authored by Texas A&M range scientist Richard Teague and colleague Matt Barnes, discusses what has worked best for planned graziers across the world, and why conventional range studies have been unable to analyze their results. The paper was published in the African Journal of Range & Forage Science. Texas A&M and Dixon

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Germany’s Shift to Green Power Stalls, Despite Huge Investments

Since 2000 Germany has spent $220 billion on ‘clean’ energy subsidies. Its carbon emissions have not declined, but consumers’ electric costs have doubled (it could have been far worse). The investment groups and others who know how to game the subsidies are the winners. Now, Germany is reconsidering ‘renewable’ energy. The German experience parallels the

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Alaska’s Rivers and West Texas’ Deserts

Unspoiled Alaskan rivers like the Sandy River have an incredible abundance of animals, birds and marine life. Out here on the end of the Alaska Peninsula, the migratory keystone species – salmon –  predators and abundant prey are seen in constant interaction. Texas’ deserts, where wildlife diversity and populations  are severely depleted, provide observers with

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Emerging Land Use Practices Rapidly Increase Soil Organic Matter

“Emerging land uses, such as management-intensive grazing, may offer a rare win–win strategy combining profitable food production with rapid improvement of soil quality and short-term climate mitigation through soil carbon accumulation (sequestration)”