Experience from the high deserts of Texas to the Rocky Mountain West.
For 20 years, our family owned and managed Circle Ranch, 32,000 acres of high desert located in the Sierra Diablo Mountains of far-West Texas. Our goal? Leaving the land more diverse, and therefore healthier, than we found it.
We steward the resources in our care by considering delicate ecosystems as a whole. Looking at the big picture allows us to improve the land, the water and the wildlife in concert.
The hard-earned lessons of West Texas apply to the Rocky Mountain West.
Welcome to Pitchstone Waters, our newest living laboratory. Increasing biodiversity requires equal parts perspiration and inspiration. Join us as we manage the resources within our fence lines, but think beyond the box.
Invalid Argument 3: Intensive Grazing is Necessary to Prevent Rangeland Degradation First mistake – I have never, ever, said intensive grazing was necessary anywhere or for any reason. Such misquoting in not professional but they […]
Photographer And His Wife Plant 2 Million Trees In 20 Years To Restore A Destroyed Forest And Even The Animals Have Returned
Quoting the author of the article below, ” The project has inspired millions by giving a concrete example of positive ecological action and showing how quickly the environment can recover with the right attitudes.”
Instead of subsidizing the feel-good mirages of solar and wind, those who want clean, cheap energy should devote these funds to making fossil fuels cleaner. The method described below would transform carbon emissions. Similar methods […]
Our Philosophy: wildlife and habitat only prosper when their ecosystem is in balance.
First at Circle Ranch and now at Pitchstone Waters, we manage by maximizing biodiversity. It’s good for production, it’s good for the bottom line and it’s good for the planet. In our world, we don’t label a species “good” or “bad.” We’ve come to understand all species can play a role in a healthy environment if—and it’s a big if—they are in balance.
Over time institutions—land grant universities, state and federal conservation agencies, NGOs and grassroots conservation organizations and big business—have become as inextricably linked as the ecosystems they explore, manage and regulate.
Are Elk Native to Texas–Historical and Archaeological Evidence for the Natural Occurence of Elk in Texas
This paper began as an effort to persuade Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) to cease its efforts to eradicate elk on the state lands which it manages in far-West Texas. Our assumption was that […]
Our resources: the objective of biodiversity conservation is to maintain viable native animal and plant populations of all kind.
The complex issue of biodiversity encompasses virtually all plants and animals at genetic, species, community, and landscape scales. We provide resources and our working insights on the topic across the following areas.
Native forests are as diverse as native rangelands or any other healthy ecosystem. Like rangelands, forests produce oxygen, sequester carbon, provide wildlife habitat and play a role in the water cycle.
Waterfowl reflect the conditions of the land and the water across the North American continent. As they migrate from north to south and back again, they, depending on species, rely on a wide range of environments.