Tag: habitat restoration

Circle Ranch Keyline Contrast Photos: 9/4/10

Regarding our Yeomans Keylining progress, here are the latest photos with my comments: October 1, 2009.  Last summer was dry.  I chose this spot because we had bare ground and minimal grass respose to several years of rain.  Grass was disappearing within the tarbush community seen beyond the tractor.

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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

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 is quite different conceptually from the ‘divert-and-impound’ mindset,  which tends to deal with water after it has already been concentrated.

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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.

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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

I felt that several comments made by TPWD Executive Director, Carter Smith, defending elk removals, needed rebuttal. NOTE: The text of a letter to the editor appears in this post.  A PDF of the actual article is also below in this post.

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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 is much faster.

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 11′ wide, with 5 shanks spaced 22″ apart. The shanks are mounted on two beams, fore and aft: this keeps

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Soil Resources

A group of leading soil, rangeland, bug and social scientists are setting out to fill the science gap.

Keyline Treatment of Headcuts

A central concept of Keyline-pattern subsoiling is plowing downwards in valley-forms and upwards on ridge-forms.  This discussion between Chris Gill and Ken Yeomans explains why.