The quality and quantity of water available in America is directly correlated to the condition of the land.
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. Well-managed riparian areas, where the land meets the water, are crucial interfaces between the land and the water.
Land condition affects saltwater as surely as it affects fresh water. Rivers flow to the sea. The estuaries, some of the world’s most productive and important ecosystems, occur where fresh water meets saline water. Their long-term health is only as good as the fresh water flowing into them.
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Beavers in Arizona Deserts
Beavers are keystone species in desert ecosystems. NOTE: this post was originally published to this site on July 30, 2018. And again on May 27, 2020.
To Save Salmon, U.S. Approves Largest Dam Removal in History
“Quoting the article below, “Faced with costly new regulations that included building fish screens and ladders, the company (power utility PacifiCorp, a unit of Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway) instead entered an agreement with the tribes […]
Stewardship with Vision – Episode 2: Malpai Borderlands Group
In the high desert of southern Arizona and New Mexico, almost a million acres of important habitats and nearly 30 at-risk species are being protected and conserved…by a coalition of ranchers who manage from […]
Nearly 80 Gnaw-ty Beavers Move to Wilder Neighborhoods
“As discussed below, many landowners want to remove nuisance beavers from their property. And, when they do, they often turn to trappers, some of whom now turn to Wyoming Wetlands Society for payment — and to […]
Yellowstone Elk Migration Trail: Amazing Camera Trap Highlights
Like rivers, Yellowstone’s migration corridors have many tributaries. One of these passes through Pitchstone Waters Ranch. We see herds of as many as 100 elk exiting the national forest, passing through our meadows and […]
At Pitchstone Waters in Idaho, we spanned an entire valley with two artificial beaver dams. Doing this presented special problems. Fourth in a series. NOTE: this post was originally published to this […]
It Was War. Then, a Rancher’s Truce With Some Pesky Beavers Paid Off
The article below has an excellent discussion of the growing recognition that beavers are an essential part of habitat restoration. Quoting one expert, “It may seem trite to say that beavers are a key part […]
Relocated Beavers Helped Mitigate Some Effects of Climate Change
“As discussed in the article below, scientists have found that when beavers were reintroduced and built new dams, the volume of surface water — streams, ponds, wetlands — increased to about 20 times that of […]
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. […]
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 […]
Pitchstone Waters Artificial Beaver Dams #1 from Christopher Gill on Vimeo. Restoring an abandoned beaver dam in an Idaho forest near Yellowstone Park. NOTE: this video was originally published to this site on […]
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.
“Yellowstone National Park may be best known for Old Faithful geyser and other unique geothermal features, but it’s also home to the largest concentration of mammals in the lower 48 states. Learn about wolves, elk, […]
As discussed in the compelling article published below, “Wild horses that are restored back into their evolutionary roles as keystone herbivores naturally protect forests, wildlife, watersheds and wilderness ecosystems, which benefit through symbiotic grazing by […]
Restoration of Beaver in Arizona’s San Pedro River
Beavers are a keystone species in desert ecosystems. See how beaver restoration is healing a degraded Arizona river and its Mexican tributaries. NOTE: this post was originally published to this site on May 28, […]