Resources

Let the discussions - and the progress begin.

Merriam-Webster defines resource as:
a: a source of supply or support : an available means—usually used in plural.
b: a natural source of wealth or revenue—often used in plural.
c: a natural feature or phenomenon that enhances the quality of human life.
d: computable wealth —usually used in plural.
e: a source of information or expertise.

In a discussion of land management, the first four apply.

For the purposes of this page, all five apply.

Here you will find a listing of our various natural resources: fisheries, forests, livestock, predators, rangelands, water management, waterfowl and wildlife (game and non-game).
These broad categories provide the organizational framework for additional information—a resource—about ongoing issues involving each. Taken from popular media, scientific journals and a myriad of other sources the information herein illustrates how singularly focused quick fixes are being applied to complicated natural systems across the country.

Arguably intentions are good. Generally the results are not.

We offer these articles, as well as some success stories, to prompt discussion and thought that moves our natural resource management efforts away from the status quo. In recent years, traditional land management efforts have sat on opposite ends of the spectrum, ranging from unsustainable chemical inputs, intensive industrialization and an unwavering devotion to eradication to benign neglect in the name of preservation.

Ironically, in the 21st century we need to return to the basics of past centuries. We should focus our attention on the big picture, which in nature is nuanced, and begin to work with her forces instead of against them. In Holistic Management, our decision-making framework of choice, the goal is balance through biodiversity.

Let the discussions—and the progress begin.

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.

Fisheries

Fisheries, both freshwater and saltwater, serve as the proverbial canaries in the coal mine when it comes to water quality.

Rangelands

Rangelands act as nature’s factories, while also providing wildlife habitat and the viewsheds that lift the human spirit.

Forests

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

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.

Livestock

Instead of being a threat, well-managed livestock can reinvigorate landscapes that have devolved into barren unproductivity, helping restore other essential ecological processes along the way.

Water Management

The quality and quantity of water available in America is directly correlated to the condition of the land.

Predators

When we look at nature’s big picture, we have to recognize the role predators play in the health of the natural world. True biodiversity must also include fangs and claws.

Wildlife

Wildlife are part of nature’s whole. To improve their future, we have to improve their habitat from the soil up.

Latest articles

Read more about the resources listed above:

Banish Roundup From the Farm? It’ll Take More Than Lawsuits

Considering that four generations of American farmers, ranchers and wildlife managers have been taught that pesticides are inherently safe, and the answer to most agricultural problems can be found in a bottle, the attitudes expressed […]

Carbon Emissions Get a Fix on the Farm

“Regenerative agriculture offers inexpensive ways to address global warming.

Goats Clearing Meadows and Forest at Pitchstone Waters #2

On the Fall River in Idaho, 5-miles from the southwest corner of Yellowstone Park, we use goats instead of herbicides to control weeds and stimulate grasses in sagebrush meadows.   Goats Clearing Meadows and Forest […]

Scorched Portugal Turns to the Goat as a Low-Cost Firefighter

In nature, different animals eat different kinds of plants and there are specific species for every such “ecological niche”. Where native animals have gone missing, domestic goats can be used to replace animals that once […]

Pitchstone Waters Artificial Beaver Dams #2

Restoring an abandoned beaver meadow in an Idaho forest near Yellowstone Park. Second of a series. Pitchstone Waters Artificial Beaver Dams #2 from Christopher Gill on Vimeo.

Head of Key Meteorological Organization Slams Climate Extremists, in Unprecedented Move

“As discussed below, fake science used by climate extremists is a major obstacle to the intelligent discussion of global climate change.

As Wolverines Battle to Survive, Warming Poses a New Threat

“Wolverines are threatened by climate change according to the authors of the article below. What they miss however, is that as warming climate moves weather-zones north and south, habitat loss in one any range of latitude […]

Pitchstone Waters Artificial Beaver Dams #1

Restoring an abandoned beaver dam in an Idaho forest near Yellowstone Park. Pitchstone Waters Artificial Beaver Dams #1 from Christopher Gill on Vimeo.

Wild Pups Romp Again in an African Paradise

This is part of a remarkable success story from Mozambique’s Gorongosa National Park. The success there shows how fast systems can recover when keystone grazers, numerous prey species and the full compliment of predators are […]

Colorado Black Bear Drags Dumpster Down Street Trying to Get Food

If you can’t crack the safe, steal it instead…

Bears at Pitchstone Waters

“We see black bears every day or two, and grizzly bears at least weekly.

Baby Boomers Are Leaving Behind a Trail of Luxury Ranches

It is true that Western legend no longer captures American imagination as it once did. But the main reason many Colorado – and Western – ranch sellers can’t sell their big ranches is that so […]

Harold the Helldiver Moose

Beautiful footage of a swimming Adirondacks moose.

Understanding the Ecological Role of Wolves in Yellowstone National Park

Loathed as a threat and nuisance, the wolf population in Yellowstone National Park was essentially wiped out by the mid 1920’s. That changed in 1995, when the National Park Service reintroduced them there, with the […]

Goats Clearing Meadows and Forest at Pitchstone Waters #1

Goats Clearing Meadows and Forest at Pitchstone Waters from Christopher Gill on Vimeo.

Grizzly Bears: The Fierce Predator of the North

Grizzly bears are at the top of the food chain, but much of their diet consists of fruit, roots, and grasses.  

Let’s Fix Our National Parks…

Common sense about how to fund our national park system.     Quoting the authors, “True conservation is taking care of the land and water you already have, not insatiably acquiring more and hoping it […]

The North American Model of Wildlife Conservation: an Analysis by PERC (Property and Environment Research Center)

The North American Model of Wildlife Conservation is the basis on which public wildlife and habitat is supposed to be managed in the United States. Central ideas are that science will govern decisions, and human […]

Largest Animal Epidemic in History Is Due to Factory Meat Production

The African Swine Fever outbreak, which has now spread to China, could result in the slaughter of 200 million hogs this year, in an effort to get the disease under control. Rob Wallace of the […]

Solving the Wildfire Crisis Requires Free-Market Solutions

Common sense ways to reduce wildfires.

Restoring Elk Country-Little Snowy Mountains Montana

Due to fire suppression and a lack of active management, forests can become unnaturally dense and overgrown…and that’s bad news for elk and other wildlife in need of quality forage and habitat. With that in mind, […]