Category: HABITAT RESTORATION

Allan Savory at Circle Ranch, June 19, 2009: “I who grew up in the African bush an ardent wildlifer, discovered that I loved the land more than I hated cattle.”

Allan Savory at Circle Ranch, June 19, 2009: “I who grew up in the African bush an ardent wildlifer, discovered that I loved the land more than I hated cattle.”

Allan Savory is from Zimbabwe (former Rhodesia).  A game biologist, park ranger, guerilla fighter, parliamentarian, exile, rancher and farmer, he has for thirty-five years practiced and taught range science.  Allan developed Holistic Planned Grazing.

Keylining Bare Ground in Lower Desert

Keylining Bare Ground in Lower Desert

This ground is bare except for creosote, which is now dying as erosion continues, and water function deteriorates.

Planting Cereals in Desert Using Yeomans Plow

Planting Cereals in Desert Using Yeomans Plow

The idea of Keyline/Yeomans is to open soil to root growth by causing all water to soak in where it falls. The patterns hold water on the ridges and valley walls for this purpose. This

Thoughts on Desert Quail and Desert Grazing Offered by Steve Nelle, June 7, 2010

Thoughts on Desert Quail and Desert Grazing Offered by Steve Nelle, June 7, 2010

Steve Nelle is highly-respected range and wildlife scientist who works for NRCS.  He sent these papers on the subjects of desert grazing and desert quail management.

Same Area in May Before 2010 Monsoons

Same Area in May Before 2010 Monsoons

This picture shows what winter moisture did for plants between the furrows.  Area to right in this picture was not subsoiled; obviously it received the same rainfall.

Our First Treatment With Yeomans Plow: October 2009

Our First Treatment With Yeomans Plow: October 2009

The first treatment with our Yeomans Plow.  Treating an area in which desert grass has shifted to tarbush (Flourensia cernua) and bare ground.

Christopher Gill to Editor of Big Bend Sentinel on Elk Removals by Texas Parks and Wildlife Department

Christopher Gill to Editor of Big Bend Sentinel on Elk Removals by Texas Parks and Wildlife Department

I felt that several comments made by TPWD Executive Director, Carter Smith, defending elk removals, needed rebuttal.

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The Circle Ranch Herd Moving to New Pasture

The Circle Ranch Herd Moving to New Pasture

According to the Authors and Sponsors of Habitat Guidelines for Mule Deer,  running cattle according to the principles of Holistic Planned Grazing, as shown here, in large numbers, for very short times in any place, followed

Valentine Artist Boyd Elder Sets a Contour

Valentine Artist Boyd Elder Sets a Contour

All patterns are plowed on contours which are reset every 200 feet.  The device shown here is an optical transit.  We now use a laser transit which can be operated by one person and which

Plow Design. Timing of Treatments. Possible Seed.

Plow Design. Timing of Treatments. Possible Seed.

This exchange should be read from the bottom up. It deals with various aspects of designing and using the Yeomans plow. The design of this plow can vary considerably as can its cost. Circle’s is