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Publications for Download

The following publications by the Quivira Coalition and collaborators can be downloaded here.

A Good Road Lies Easy on the Land...

Water Harvesting from Low-Standard Rural Roads

A Joint Publication of The Quivira Coalition, Zeedyk Ecological Consulting, LLC, The Rio Puerco Management Committee - Watershed Initiative, and the New Mexico Environment Department - Surface Water Quality Bureau.

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Slope Wetlands Bulletin

Slope Wetlands Bulletin

A technical bulletin written by Bill Zeedyk and the Quivira Coalition with funds from NMED SWQB WP describes the conditions in the watershed and the techniques used to stabilize and restore these headwater wetland systems

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An Introduction to Erosion Control

by Bill Zeedyk and Jan-Willem Jansens

A Joint Publication from Earth Works Institute, The Quivira Coalition and Zeedyk Ecological Consulting
Third Edition - April 2009

"This field guide is intended to inform those who depend on the soil and its life-giving properties. This guide discusses ways to regenerate soil so that it holds more water, supports more vegetation, and reduces soil erosion. In the end, soil conservation will reduce "non-point source pollution" in surface watercourses. This guide focuses on affordable and replicable techniques based on natural processes and advocates the use of low-cost and locally available, natural materials."

An Introduction to Induced Meandering:

A Method for Restoring Stability to Incised Stream Channels
by Bill Zeedyk

A Joint Publication from Earth Works Institute, The Quivira Coalition and Zeedyk Ecological Consulting
Fourth Edition - April 2009

"This is an illustrated field guide for use by participants of riparian restoration educational workshops and field tours, along with contractors and volunteers (during installation of structures). It is a general promotion for Bill Zeedyk's techniques for a broad audience that include project managers, government officials, and others."

Rangeland Health and Planned Grazing

by Nathan Sayre and Kirk Gadzia

A Joint Publication from Earth Works Institute, The Quivira Coalition and the Rio Puerco Management Committee
Fourth Edition - April 2009

This field guide is an introduction to grazing management designed to help landowners, contractors, and agency personnel make better grassland management decisions. Grazing can have a deleterious effect on water quality, if it is not managed well. Improved management decisions will increase vegetative cover, control erosion, and improve animal production.

The New Ranch Handbook: A Guide to Restoring Western Rangelands

The New Ranch Handbook: A Guide to Restoring Western Rangelands

by Nathan F. Sayre; Foreword by Dr. George B. Ruyle, University of Arizona
2013 layout update by Ellen Herr and Re-introduction by Courtney White

Praise for The Quivira Coalition and The New Ranch Handbook:
"The aim of The Quivira Coalition is to put ranching and conservation, economics and ecology into the same thought. All ranchers and conservationists ought to appreciate this effort, and they ought to support it." -Wendell Berry

"The New Ranch Handbook: A Guide to Restoring Western Rangelands promises much in title and delivers more in substance...The book may serve both as a textbook and as a reference manual." -Foreword by George B. Ruyle, Professor and Chair, Rangeland and Forest Resources Program, University of Arizona

"This book should be required reading for everyone who has an interest in natural resource issues in the West, especially those concerned with livestock grazing." - Bill McDonald, fifth generation rancher, Executive Director, Malpai Borderlands Group, and recipient of a MacArthur Foundation Fellowship

Seeing the Forest AND the Trees:

A Review of a Collaborative Restoration Project on Rowe Mesa, San Miguel County, New Mexico by Courtney White
The Quivira Coalition and The Four Corners Institute Santa Fe, New Mexico August 2006

"Between 2001 and 2005, a collaborative, science-based restoration treatment project - called Rincon Ortiz CFRP - was successfully implemented on three hundred acres of ponderosa/pinon-juniper woodland on Rowe Mesa, near Santa Fe, New Mexico. Equally important was the success of the social goal of the project: to involve local residents in economic and educational activities related to a forest health restoration effort so that the link between cultural continuity and the restoration of natural ecological processes can be strengthened. Combined, the goals yielded two major lessons learned: 1) how to do the work properly, and; 2) an indication that ecological restoration might not necessarily come with significant social cost and conflict."

Of Land and Culture

Of Land and Culture

Environmental Justice and Public Lands Ranching in Northern New Mexico
by Ernest Atencio

A Report by The Quivira Coalition and the Northern New Mexico Group of the Sierra Club
Second Printing ~ December 2004
  • Maps and Tables
  • Preface by Courtney White
  • Environmental Justice in Northern New Mexico
  • Poverty and Subsistence Ranching
  • Consequences of Ending Public Lands Ranching
  • Culture, Ecology, Belonging
  • Grazing Practice and Policy
  • Toward a Sustainable Future

Forging a West That Works: An Invitation to the Radical Center

Forging a West That Works: An Invitation to the Radical Center

Essays on Ranching, Conservation, and Science
The Quivira Coalition - 2003

We do not have a download version available for this publication. They are available for free in our office and at the Annual Conference.

"There is a story almost totally unknown outside the West, but urgently discussed every day now in the western press: the story of a steadily growing number of local agreements among western environmentalists, ranchers, loggers, miners, and recreationists about how the public land or natural resources should be managed in their particular river drainage or their ecosystem. The emergence of this indigenous form of western problem-solving is almost precisely what Wallace Stegner had predicted and urged when he spoke of the West 'outliving its origins' by learning lessons of cooperation." -Daniel Kemmis, Director of the Center for the Rocky Mountain West

Rowe Mesa Forest Health Curriculum

Forest Restoration on the Rowe Mesa Grassbank: A K-12 Curriculum Guide
By Tori Derr
"This curriculum provides opportunities for youth to learn many aspects of science, including some principles of forest restoration, observation and measurement skills, problem solving, and how people are currently influencing the forest where they live. These concepts are part of national and state standards for science literacy. Science literacy includes not just the understanding of scientific concepts, but also the role of science in society. By teaching about aspects of a specific restoration project, we hope to provide a broad opportunity for students to understand both aspects of scientific literacy."