Tag: Management Plan

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The Story of Meat

Public demand for healthy, tasty food produced in a manner that respects nature is the driving force behind the growing acceptance of holistic agriculture. This 20-minute video discusses how sustainably managed livestock can help restore damaged ranch and farm lands.

Miracle in the Nevada Desert

Beaver and cattle are symbiotic. Together they can turn desert into wetlands.

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Holistic Management at Work

Holistic management uses a long term planning process that assigns to environmental and social outcomes the same importance as profits.  Its grazing and wildlife practices are particularly suited to the deserts of far-West Texas.

National Bison Day 2016

To be healthy, desert ranges need three things: (1) Large, concentrated migratory bison herds, or cattle grazed in a manner that mimics bison’s migratory patterns; (2) a lot of predators of all sizes; and, (3) a high, diverse population of prey species. Remove any of these and the system collapses. Bison are gone, but the plants remain,

They Shoot Horses (With Birth-Control Darts) Don’t They?

To be healthy, desert ranges need three things: (1) Large, concentrated migratory bison herds, or, cattle grazed to mimic bison’s migratory patterns; (2) a lot of predators of all sizes; and, (3) a high, diverse population of prey species. Remove any of these and the system collapses. The mutual antagonism of horse advocates, cattlemen and

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Lessons from the Wild Lab at Yellowstone Park

People will look back in 200-years and see the return of wolves in Yellowstone as a profound moment in habitat restoration ecology which will set a benchmark for the rest of the world. Let us hope that Texas’ wildlife “managers” take note.

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Killing Bighorn to Save Bighorn?

It‘s hard to name a modern wildlife “management” practice that does not involve killing some plant or animal to “help” other plants or animals to the unintended detriment of all. The idea that humans can improve on nature would be laughable but for the damage being done to wild animals and their habitat by people

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Too Many Deer on the Road? Let Cougars Return, Study Says

Predator removals are the most unnatural of all our wildlife “management” perversions. Restoring predators is the cheapest and quickest way to deal with excess deer and feral pigs, thereby rebalancing wildlife populations. Predators also do the best job of removing sick animals, protecting healthy deer, elk and bighorn from animal epidemics including sheep pneumonia and

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Bison, Cattle, and the Shortgrass Prairie of West Texas and New Mexico

Cattle herds managed under “holistic planned grazing” can replace the animal impact of missing bison herds. As explained below, grazing by large animals is necessary for grassland health. NOTE: article originally appeared in the Hudspeth County Herald on November 6th, 2015 Though the American bison, or buffalo, is now a national icon, in the 1870s

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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 absorb and store water. This 21-minute video explains Drought Busters, and our experience on how wild and domestic animals, Keyline