Most true Texans know what a Bluebonnet is. The ones who do not, shame on them! After all, it is the state flower. “The bluebonnet is to Texas what the shamrock is to Ireland, the cherry blossom to Japan, the lily to France, the rose to England, and the tulip to Holland.” – Jack Maguire, […]
Every so often, I get strong feelings of aversion to cattle grazing. One reason is because I see many denuded pastures and rangelands due to the limited knowledge a particular cattle rancher has in regards to grazing, ecology, and native grasses. A lot of people do what I call “hobby grazing” (or complacent grazing), they […]
In a previous post, I talked about how mowing and its conjoined evil twin, the European-influenced lawn, destroys biological diversity and makes no logical or economical sense. This post will show how such an outdated mindset can cause permanent damage to prairies.
Here in the Cross Timbers of North Central Texas, the native forb Annual Broomweed (Amphiachyris dracunculoides) increases dramatically every 3 or 4 years, especially during drought periods. (Currently, we need 25″ of precipitation to “get out of the drought”.) Broomweed is usually found in pastures and prairies that are heavily grazed and never rested, overgrazed in […]
Below is an excellent documentary about prescribed fire in the Everglades NPS in Florida. They document the whys, hows, and whens. At 13 minutes long, it’s a good change of pace from reading the Sunday morning news.
A lot of people in this region of the country have some commonly stated misconceptions about Juniper species, colloquially referred to as “cedar”, though there are no true cedar (Cedrus spp.) native to North America. The first misconception is usually along the lines of, “Juniper sucks water from the soil and is a water hog.” […]
“Nature is an open book for those who care to read. Each grass-covered hillside is a page on which is written the history of the past, conditions of the present, and the predictions of the future.” – John Ernest Weaver
When I speak with friends about desert grasslands, a look of confusion registers in their faces. Some people probably think desert and grasslands go together like oil and water. That’s only because they haven’t seen desert grasslands; and it’s not their fault, there’s not many of these unique ecosystems left in the Desert Southwest due […]
In my previous post, I mentioned how deserts can contain a great deal of biological diversity. Rather than boring a general audience with a tedious scientific lecture that may make them back away from wanting to learn more about ecological restoration, I am posting a link to an article about Josiah and Valer Austin’s ecological […]
Mowing (noun) – that droning sound that disturbs what little peace and quiet is left in this fragmented world. Without a doubt, mowing, next to indiscriminate pesticide use, is one of the most over-used land management practices. And much of it is done without any thought at all as to the changes it instantly imparts […]