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Understanding Brittleness to Better Understand Your Land

Learn the concept of brittleness and how understanding where your region falls on the brittleness scale can affect the management options for your ranch or farm. Understanding Brittleness to Better Read Your Land from Savory

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Wild Burros Providing Water for Wildlife

In far-West Texas, a coalition of government agencies, agricultural universities and conservation organizations has decided that wild burros on public lands should be eradicated. The coalition based its decision on the belief that what the burros

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Get Paid for Watching the Grass Grow: Carbon Sequestration, Texas-Style

Fans of carbon credit transfers should focus on grassland restoration through holistic planned grazing. Unlike many carbon credit boondoggles, planned grazing is not based on fake science. And it works – thereby helping wildlife, habitat,

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Mountain Lions of Far-West Texas

Much of what we used to ‘know’ about mountain lions turns out to be wrong, starting with the belief they are a threat to livestock or humans. Lions –  and all other predators –  are

Book Review: ‘Inheritors of the Earth’ by Chris D. Thomas

Here is better way of thinking about so-called invasive species. Ask yourself: How many invasive species have ever been eliminated? How much damage have we done to native plants, animals and our finances trying unsuccessfully

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Wolves’ Return to Oregon Brings Conflict and Opportunity

Wolves help wildlife and habitat but they also – historically with good cause – terrify many people. Mexican Wolves, the native wolf of far-West Texas, is a small and comparatively harmless relative of the larger

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Happy New Year From Circle Ranch

2015 was the year of the big blizzard.

The Culling of Wild Deer Based on Antler Size Is Inefficient – at Best

As it turns out, a central practice of deer ‘management’ – the culling of so-called management deer based on their antler size – is somewhere between worthless and outright damaging to wild deer herd genetics

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Plants That Get Tougher and Meaner When Attacked

The idea that plants need animals as much as animals need plants is counterintuitive to those trained to think nature consists of disconnected parts which can be independently manipulated. But, holistic thinkers have always said

Merry Christmas from Circle Ranch

“God bless us, every one!”

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