Category: HABITAT RESTORATION

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Richard Teague et al. on Benefits of Planned Grazing

This paper by Richard Teague, Fred Provenza et al. challenges the conclusions of Dr. Briske.

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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Briske et al. Synthesis Paper

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:

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Flash Flood in 17 Draw, August 31, 2006

In the old West Texas joke, a visitor asks the old cowboy, “How much rain do you get a year?”  To which the old boy replies, “Only 11 inches, but you ought to be here on the day it comes!”

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Old Roadbeds Cause Erosion

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.