Rangelands

Rangelands act as nature’s factories.

Sunlight is converted into vegetation that produces oxygen and sequesters carbon. The land, when covered with diverse vegetation, also serves as a sponge, slowing rain as it hits the land, funneling it into aquifers below or filtering it as it runs into streams, rivers and lakes and eventually into saltwater estuaries.

Rangelands also provide wildlife habitat and the viewsheds that lift the human spirit.

Latest articles

Read more about rangelands and land management practices:

BARRIERS

  Mule deer, elk and other hooved mammals around the world depend on their ability to migrate between seasonal habitats. Sadly, human activities are impeding migrations and making them harder than ever. Many herds are […]

Gulleys for Grassland Restoration #4: Los Cuates Canyon at Circle Ranch

Gulleys for Grassland Restoration #4: Los Cuates Canyon discusses specific gulley problems and treatments in a mountain canyon at Circle Ranch in far-West Texas. It is one of a series that demonstrates how to remedy […]

The Magic of Cow Manure

Animal wastes from confinement feed operations, trapped in giant lagoons, are an environmental disaster. The putrid lagoons and manure piles are rightly criticized for pollution and increasing atmospheric methane. They also poison groundwater and streams […]

Drought Busters 101

“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 […]

Keyline 101: Desert Grassland Restoration

This 18-minute video explains how we use P.A. Yeomans’ Keyline concepts to improve water function at our family’s 32,000-acre Circle Ranch in the Chihuahuan high-desert grasslands of far-West Texas. The Keyline explanation is followed by […]

Does Culling Wild Deer Populations Result in Improved Antler Genetics?

This GameKeeper Scope Film dives deep into the details of a 13 year long study by Texas Parks and Wildlife, Texas A&M University – Kingsville, The Comanche Ranch, Don Draeger, and Bronson Strickland about the […]

Adjusting the Lens of Invasion Biology to Focus on the Impacts of Climate-driven Range Shifts

The authors observe that as climate changes, plants and animals move around. They say this is good, and natural.  

How Cattle Ranchers Can Combat Climate Change

“Planned grazing’s benefits to people, habitat and wildlife are the subject of the article below.  

During the Drought

In low rain areas, maintaining plant coverage through periodic planned grazing and limited mechanized soil disruption are basic principles of regenerative farming and regenerative grazing. These work wonders for cows, crops and wildlife.   NOTE: […]

Desert Bighorn, Mule Deer and Cougar in High Desert Mountains of Far-West Texas

Desert Mountain Wildlife #2 – part of a series on wildlife pictures was taken in Winter 2017, at Circle Ranch in the Sierra Diablo Mountains of far-West Texas. The series contains many wildlife photos, and, […]

Not Quite Right – Not All Herbivores Are The Same

More thoughts on how – and why –  wild horses can improve habitat and reduce wildfire.  

Multi Species Grazing for Sustainable Farming

These agricultural methods apply directly to wildlife and habitat management.   NOTE: this post was originally published on June 1, 2017 

Wild Beauty: Mustang Spirit of the West

WINTERSTONE is currently in production on Wild Beauty: Mustang Spirit of the West, a new documentary featuring the plight of wild horses in the American West. Directed by Winterstone’s Ashley Avis, the film comes on […]

Connecting Ranchers with Land Stewards Could Be Key to Less Disastrous Wildfires

As discussed below, grazing of domestic animals – cattle, sheep and goats – is an effective way to prevent wildfire and improve habitat.   Another species that has great potential for wildfire control is the wild horse. […]

Far-West Texas Mountain Wildlife 1

First in a series of game camera photos taken in Winter, 2017.   NOTE: this post was originally published to this site on May 22, 2017  

‘Silver Bullet’ for Business: The Aussie Farmers Bringing Dingoes Back

As discussed below, restoring predators in the Australian outback has had very positive effects on habitat and animals.  

Bayer Blasts ‘Unscientific’ Rejection by Mexican Regulator of GMO Corn Permit

As discussed below, Mexico does not want Monsanto/Bayer’s Roundup-laced food. Any discussion of GMO safety is in truth a discussion of Roundup (glyphosate). GMO corn is modified to tolerate the poison, which is linked to […]

Support for Mitigating Catastrophic Wildfire Damage and Environmental CWD Contamination Using Wild Horse Grazing

“Three seemingly unsolvable problems facing forest, range and wildlife managers are (1) increasing numbers and severity of wildfires, (2) the relentless spread of CWD, and (3) what to do about wild horses. What if a […]

Desert Permaculture: Gulleys for Grass and Wells

Here is a gulley treatment that restores grassland and recharges aquifers.   NOTE: this post was originally published to this site on May 8, 2017.   Gulleys for Grassland Restoration from Christopher Gill on Vimeo.

Masters of Desert Survival, Can Saguaros Survive Wildfires?

According to the article below, saguaros are being harmed by buffelgrass wildfires. “The biggest threat for saguaros in climate change isn’t the heat or the drought. It’s fire that sweeps in and burns extremely hot.” […]

Examples of Grassland Restoration – Excerpt from Talk by Allan Savory at Tufts University

Excerpted from Allan Savory’s presentation on January 25, 2013 at Tufts University’s Fletcher School, this segment highlights examples of how Holistic Management restores grasslands from land that’s degraded to desert. This innovative, natural, and simple […]