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.
Read more about rangelands and land management practices:
My Wild Land: Bischoff Ranch – Trailer
My Wild Land: BISCHOFF RANCH – Trailer from Wyoming Migration Initiative on Vimeo. “Keeping a ranch afloat in a volatile market is a story that hits too close to home for Tyrell Bischoff. After […]
“As discussed below, well-managed domestic cattle, bison, other livestock and grazing animals can restore ecosystems and biodiversity, upcycle grasses humans can’t eat into bioavailable nutrition, reduce wildfire risk, and help us create a better planet […]
Goats Clearing Meadows and Forest at Pitchstone Waters #4
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. Fourth in a series. […]
Where the Buffalo Roam, Endangered Prairies Thrive
“As discussed in the article below, when bison were allowed to graze through patches of tallgrass prairie, they boosted native plant species richness by a whopping 86 percent. Cattle and other domestics animals – […]
Goats Clearing Meadows and Forest at Pitchstone Waters #3
Goats Clearing Meadows and Forest at Pitchstone Waters #3 from Christopher Gill on Vimeo. Third in a series: On the Fall River in Idaho, 5-miles from the southwest corner of Yellowstone Park, we use […]
Researchers Designing Rugged Virtual Fence Tech for Animal Management
As discussed below, a ‘virtual’ fence system for livestock is under development at the University of Idaho. Several “virtual fence” systems have been designed through the years. They have mostly failed. If successful […]
“In this excellent article from PERC (Property and Environment Research Center), the free market environmental think tank based in Bozeman, the authors explain why forest thinning and complementary restoration efforts help protect watersheds, enhance wildlife habitat, store […]
Is Widespread Pesticide Use Connected To Grassland Bird Declines?
“This article discusses the relationship between grassland bird declines and a host of poisons increasingly used by ranchers, farmers and homeowners. The root problem according to the author, is the seeming “capture” of the pesticide […]
Hunting Is Conservation – Hunting is Sustainable, Helps Species Thrive
The anti-hunter claim that hunting is not a sustainable model and the populations of hunted species will decline and no longer flourish is simply untrue. NOTE: this post was originally published July 22, […]
At Pitchstone Waters Ranch in Idaho, 5-miles southwest of Yellowstone Park, we use goats and cattle to reduce brush, control “weeds” and forbs, reduce wildfire and stimulate plant growth on forest floors and meadows.
“As discussed in the article below, it is only common sense to use animal impact from goats, wild horses and cattle to replace the missing wildlife that formerly reduced fire hazards in our wild places. […]
Goats are excellent at brush-clearing, as shown in the article below about Brackenridge Park in San Antonio. Many so-called “exotic”, “non-native”, and “invasive” species are also useful in maintaining and improving habitat. These include […]
New Texas A&M Research Documents Domestic Cattle Genetics in Modern Bison Herd
“Cattle and bison readily crossbreed. It was ranchers who saved bison in the late 1800’s, but they ran these bison alongside their domestic cattle herds. New research from Texas A&M says that all bison, […]
Quoting sources for the article appearing below, ” … glyphosate is the most dangerous environmental chemical we face today due to its unique mechanism of toxicity, careless application, and pervasive presence.”