Tag: Erosion Control

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Wildfire Danger Grows on Destocked Public Lands in Far-West Texas

When animals are removed, wildfire risk is increased. Cattle, burros, aoudad and elk will reduce this risk, and help deer, pronghorn and sheep in the process. NOTE: Post initially appeared on SAExpressNews.com on February 3,

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Book Review – The Plug and Spread Treatment – Achieving Erosion Control, Soil Health and Biological Diversity

Book Review: The Plug and Spread Treatment: Achieving Erosion Control, Soil Health and Biological Diversity …By Bill Zeedyk

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Drought Busters 101 : A 21-Minute Video on Desert Grassland Restoration

“Drought Busters” is an inexpensive, quick, physiologically and economically sustainable method of habitat and wildlife restoration. We call it Drought Busters because it increases effective rainfall by rebuilding soil fertility and the soil’s ability to

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The History of Keyline

PA Yeomans was a true hero of environmentalism.

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Drought Busters: Restoring Desertified Desert Grasslands

We call the combination of wild animals, planned grazing, water harvesting, and Keyline subsoiling “Drought Busters”. Drought Busters is cheap, fast, poisons no plants, kills no animals, and increases the numbers and diversity of both.

how Holistic Management is beginning to spread in Chihuahua.

Desert Grasslands Restoration: Manejo Holistico in Chihuahua – Las Damas Ranch

At Circle Ranch, holistic planned grazing of herds including the one above has been very beneficial to wildlife and habitat.  Planned grazing is increasingly used in northern Chihuahua, as described below. NOTE: this post has

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Notable & Quotable: John Steinbeck on Dry Years and Wet Years

‘But there were dry years too, and they put a terror on the valley.’ John Steinbeck was of a generation that lived close to the land. Grapes of Wrath, and The Red Pony reveal his farmer’s

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Restoring Desert Grasslands or Creating Desert Badlands?

For 60 years, this National Park Service land has been “protected” from cattle, unintentionally accelerating its desertification.   Here is a typical Big Wildlife program being pursued at Big Bend National Park to “protect” degrading

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Restoring Desert Grasslands: Circle Ranch Jardineros

When we use our Yeomans Keyline plow to subsoil and stimulate desert ranges and plants, we take pains not to plow through cholla cactus, armadillo bush, allthorn, sumac, mesquite, and other trees and shrubs. This

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Restoring Desert Grasslands: Thistle and the Yeomans Keyline Plow

Thistle, also known as the “Tumbling Tumbleweed” is an iconic Western plant.  Even though it is despised by many as an “invasive” “exotic”, it is probably the single best rescue plant for our declining desert