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.
“Filled with incredible wildlife footage, BARRIERS captures the many challenges migrating big game animals encounter on their journeys, and the collaborative solutions that can keep migrations intact long into the future.”
Climate and Big Beef
“San Antonio entrepreneur and rancher Lew Moorman calls BS on fake beef.
Releasing Beavers in Idaho
Fifth in a series about reintroducing beaver on the Fall River in Idaho, 5-miles Southwest of Yellowstone National Park. NOTE: this post was originally published to this site on June 15, 2020
Scientists Have Cracked the Origins of ‘Desert Kites,’ Massive Prehistoric Patterns That Were Carved into the Middle Eastern Desert
“It is politically-correct to say that primitive humans were conservationists and wildlife managers. This is a myth. As reported below, “Three recent peer-reviewed papers confirm popular hypotheses that the desert kites actually served as mass […]
Employee of the Month
“You HAVE to love these sheep dogs…
One of the Most Harmful Ingredients in Processed Foods
“Why processed foods are dangerous to human health. Especially genetically-modified soybean oil, which is loaded with glyphosate, the primary ingredient in Monsanto’s Roundup.
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.
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.