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Successful Pronghorn Transplants Require Ecosystem Health

Pronghorn cannot be restored by themselves. Healthy grasslands need periodic grazing by keystone species like bison or cattle, lots of prey and lots of predators. Removing any of these components will unwind the system. Animals, plants and the soil life biome are interdependent and inseparable. Hurt any piece and you harm everything else. No wildlife challenge in far-West

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Texas Elk and the North American Wildlife Conservation Model

For 150-years American conservationists have followed the the North American Wildlife Conservation Model. It has been beneficial for waterfowl and iconic big game species across the continent with the exception of elk in far-West Texas. Here on state-managed lands Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) bighorn sheep managers kill all elk in the scientifically unsupported

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Devils River in far-West Texas

Incredible scenery and great fly fishing in the remote desert of West Texas.

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Alaska’s Rivers and West Texas’ Deserts

Unspoiled Alaskan rivers like the Sandy River have an incredible abundance of animals, birds and marine life. Out here on the end of the Alaska Peninsula, the migratory keystone species – salmon –  predators and abundant prey are seen in constant interaction. Texas’ deserts, where wildlife diversity and populations  are severely depleted, provide observers with

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Wyman Meinzer: Chasing Light

A video biography of Texas’ State Photographer.

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Microbes Are the Key to Improving Rangeland Soil Fertility

David C. Johnson, Ph.D, of New Mexico State University discusses how his compost research shows tremendous promise for soil carbon sequestration, and the potential benefits that may have on climate change, our food system, rangelands and the wildlife they support. Microbes – ignored in most research – are the key.

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Increasing Soil Carbon Helps Restore Wildlife and Habitat

The best and most restorative wildlife practices are those which increase soil fertility. If every wildlife decision were evaluated according to this outcome, wildlife & habitat ‘management’ would fundamentally change. Soil Solutions to Climate Problems – Narrated by Michael Pollan from Center for Food Safety on Vimeo.

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Allan Savory: Planned Cattle Grazing Where the Rubber Hits the Road

In this 45-minute video, the Dean of holistic range science – Allan Savory – discusses on-the-ground application of holistic planned grazing. West Texas and New Mexico ranchers will find many helpful insights, observations and suggestions in this wide-ranging discussion of range and wildlife practices.

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Rangeland Restoration: Subsoil Contour Plowing at Circle Ranch, in far-West Texas

Subsoil contour plowing is an excellent way to increase water absorption in the desert grasslands of far-West Texas and Southern New Mexico. The effectiveness of the practice is shown in these before-and-after comparisons.

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Gulleys for Grassland Restoration #12: Chupacabra Dam

Another example of a small dam that spills water from an eroded gulley, to reduce road washing and to irrigate a few acres of grassland at Circle Ranch in the high-desert mountains of far-West Texas.