Tag: Erosion Control

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5 Rules for Bigger, Better and More Mulies

A great article by Steve Nelle that outlines how to have more and healthier mule deer, quail and pronghorn. Grazing management is the single most important way to affect mule deer food supply. When grass conditions permit, practice light-to-moderate seasonal grazing, in some rotational form (examples include “holistic planned grazing” and “adaptive grazing”). Whether or

Plan to Spray Herbicides along the Rio Grande Alarming, Risky

Down river from Big Bend, here is what they think of the plan to spray cane: Following the December 6, 2016 post on this topic, I came across this article from March 2016 dealing with the reaction of communities on the lower Rio Grande to the proposed use of glyphosate, more commonly known by its

Healing the Land with One Hundred Thousand Beating Hearts

Healing the Land with One Hundred Thousand Beating Hearts” is an inspirational short film that discusses regenerative agricultural practices on a Georgia farm. This dying farm was regenerated using multi-species grazing in which all the animals were moved according to a plan that got them to the right place…at the right time… doing the right

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Circle Ranch Open Gate Day, August 26, 2016

On August 26, 2016, Holistic Management International (HMI) held an Open Gate educational day at Circle Ranch in far-West Texas. We demonstrated desert grassland restoration using ‘Plug and Spread’ water harvesting from eroded gullies, and Keyline contour plowing.   Circle Ranch Open Gate, August 26, 2016 from Christopher Gill on Vimeo.

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Desert Grassland Restoration: Creosote Bush

CREOSOTE BUSH (Larrea tridentata) is generally misunderstood as an invader plant.  In fact creosote is a symptom –  but not the cause –  of dying desert grasslands. Creosote will predominate as grasslands decline but eventually it also dies. 1. Creosote bush flowers and fruits Creosote bush is one of the most common and important plants

Plug and Spread Made Easy

This is a 4-1/2 minute video about the “Plug-and-Spread” method of harvesting water from gullies. Water harvesting including Plug and Spread, in combination with Keyline sub-soiling, wild animal impact and planned grazing of cattle are the cheapest, easiest and quickest way to restore water function to degraded desert grasslands.

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Farmers Put Down the Plow for More Productive Soil

Holistic farming concepts are completely portable to rangeland management.  The goal of all ranch managers should be the increase of soil fertility.  From this, all else will follow. Article originally posted to NYTimes.com on March 9, 2015 FORT WORTH — Gabe Brown is in such demand as a speaker that for every invitation he accepts,

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In Australia, Cowboys Use Satellites to Home In on the Range

Technology is making holistic planned grazing cheaper and easier. NOTE: Post initially appeared on WSJ.com on January 24, 2016 Ranchers saddle up satellites to track herds; water-trough weigh-ins

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A Secret Weapon to Fight Climate Change: Dirt

We don’t need to agree whether there is climate change, or whether people are to blame for it, to know this: People are responsible for grassland decline. Grasslands are the planet’s largest terrestrial carbon sump.  Fixing grasslands will remove atmospheric carbon.  Healing grasslands with holistic practices is common sense. NOTE: this post originally appeared on

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Cover Crops, a Farming Revolution With Deep Roots in the Past

Gardeners readily understand the following: “Modern farming practices like applying fertilizer and herbicides and not tilling their fields, or “no till,” have helped farmers increase yields and reduced labor, but they have also unintentionally interfered with root systems, increased erosion and disrupted underground microbial activity and insect life that are vital to plant and soil