Circle Ranch is a 32,000-acre high-desert mountain ranch located in the Sierra Diablo (Devil Mountains) of far-West Texas. The ranch rises 2,400 feet above the Chihuahuan Desert floor to reach a maximum elevation of 6,500 feet.

The ranch is owned by Chris and Laura Gill, and their four children. It is operated with a primary focus on game, wildlife and habitat.

This site was created and is maintained with the purpose of detailing the work being conducted to restore habitat and understand the delicate ecosystems in the far-West Texas area.

For more details on Chris Gill please visit his bio page.

  • Dear Gill family,

    I recently watched Alan Savory’s TED Talk, and was deeply affected. I scoured the Savory Institute website, and read the abstracts of publications related to holistic management. I see that Christopher Gill coauthored an article with Savory and Teague, so I googled Gill Ranch, and found your website. I wonder if you have been working with the Savory Institute to restore your grasslands; and if so, what kinds of results you have experienced.

    My wife has cousins that have been ranching in the Hammill Valley of California for 6 generations. They have a big operation. One of their girls married into another large ranching family. That part of the country has not only suffered droughts, but also water diversion by Los Angeles. I want to talk to them about the Savory Institute, because I’m really jazzed; but I wanted to have real examples from America, not just Africa and Australia.

    How did you get involved with Savory, and what sold you on his ideas?

    Thank you,

    Neil Lisco,
    Sugar Land TX

    • I met Allan in 2000. Like most wildlifers, we had decided not to run cattle, then he got us turned around by explaining the absolute necessity of animal impact on desert grasslands. He is a visionary, great man, who has taken lots of abuse for challenging the range & wildlife orthodoxy.

      The blog was started to show ways to use cows to restore degraded grasslands, and to get people to think holistically – to see these systems as integrated wholes, not a bunch of disconnected parts. The entire blog – now approaching 200 posts – is mostly about such thinking.

      Call me anytime to discuss this 210-240-3800, or contact Holistic Management International on the net or in Albuquerque. HMI has classes all over Texas.

      Thanks for your comment.

    • Hi,
      Great looking place, hope it stays that way forever. However, if the population keeps growing like it is, before you know it apartments, condos, housing additions, malls, gas stations, and all the other stuff associated with so called “progress” will ruin it. Then you will have plenty of yuppies, californians, new yorkers, and the like trying to split it up and sell it and develop it. I hope not, but seems to be the trend these days. Wish Texas was closed.

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  • Very interested in reading about Texas elk. In my native Wyoming we have desert elk. But, like the feral horses in the Red Desert, Wy Game n Fish want to eradicate them for cattle. Wonder if Texas cattle are used for the same excuse?
    You would think as much $$$ that comes to Texas with hunters they (GFC)would want to expand elk habitat, not destroy it

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  • Hi Chris,

    Just wanted to let you know how much I value your work and your newsletter, as well as this site. The mix of information about your own ranch and related discussions about wildlife, conservation, and regeneration that you offer is really wonderful.

    • Thank you for this compliment.

      We are currently reconfiguring the blog content so that specific articles relating to the various topics are more easily accessed. It is hard to believe that after about 10-years we have published 730 articles and have another 60 pending. The idea is to make it easier for a reader like yourself to get around in this rather massive content.

      I appreciate your reading and commenting.

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