The Plug and Spread Treatment:
Achieving Erosion Control, Soil Health and Biological DiversityBy Bill Zeedyk
33 pages, full color
Plug and Spread treatments are among many that can return seasonal runoff to meadows, rangelands and other landforms that have been drained by human activities. They are used to restore dispersed surface flow to gullied surfaces and also to increase infiltration and thus recharge shallow groundwater resources. Plug and Spread treatments are best suited for arid and semi-arid lands, where restoring dispersed flow, soil health and vegetation is increasingly important as flood events associated with climate change become more intense.
Depending on the situation, Plug and Spread structures can increase forage yields for livestock, improve habitat for wildlife, increase groundwater storage, attenuate floods and dissipate flood energy. Thus, such treatments can be highly economical where correctly applied to suitable sites. Rangeland or pastures improved by installation of Plug and Spread structures may be expected to produce higher yields and better quality forage than adjacent uplands, and with increased reliability.
Potential benefits of Plug and Spread treatments include:
- Returning sheetflow to formerly wetted land surfaces now drained by gullies
- Increasing the diversity, growth and density of vegetation on eroded surfaces
- Increasing the occurrence, size and distribution of wet meadows and wetland habitats
- Recharging shallow aquifers, wet weather springs and spring seeps
- Increasing base flow to receiving streams and tributaries
- Improving soil health and increasing the rate of carbon sequestration
- Increasing profitability for ranchers and farmers through increased forage yields and improved reliability
- Restoring or improving habitat for dependent wildlife
- Arresting gully formation
- Creating microhabitats within the bay and gully providing increased species diversity (both plant and animal)
- Enhancing scenic and aesthetic values
Grass, Soil, Hope
A Journey through Carbon Country
by Courtney White
Foreword by Michael Pollan
"Courtney White's journey was sparked by a question: What if we looked at carbon not just as a 'pollutant', but from the standpoint of its role as the building block of life? What he found across the country and abroad were farmers, ranchers, and scientists who are working with the carbon cycle to build soil, restore ecosystems, and bolster productivity--in short, embracing life to generate more life. At once plain-spoken and radical, this book promises to stir up hope even among those made cynical by relentless bad news. White has made the case for hope. Whether this is turned to action is up to us." - Judith D. Schwartz, author, Cows Save the Planet
Revolution on the Range
The Rise of a New Ranch in the American West
by Courtney White
Publisher's Weekly Review:
"In a time when environmental reporting has become justifiably gloomy, this book is a refreshing breath of pragmatic optimism. Environmentalist White highlights quirky, visionary individuals and their innovative methods to improve the quality of the ranges and mountains of the West, such as biologist Bill Zeedyk, who restores riparian areas and water tables using sticks and rocks to simply and cheaply mimic a creek's natural meandering, and activist Dan Dagget, who has been able to unite environmentalists and ranchers by focusing on common goals (open space, wildlife, restored streams). White promotes implementation of the "New Ranch," operating "on the principle that the natural processes that sustain wildlife habitat, biological diversity and functioning watersheds are the same processes that make land productive for livestock... where erosion has diminished, where streams and springs, once dry, now flow, where wildlife is more abundant, and where landowners are more profitable as a result." White's vision of stewardship, openness to new ideas, giving as well as taking, and flexibility will inspire anyone who loves humanity or the great outdoors."
Induced Meandering, an Evolving Method for Restoring Incised Channels
by Bill Zeedyk and Van Clothier
Second Edition published in 2014 by Chelsea Green Publishing
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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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Erosion Control Field Guide
by: Craig Sponholtz (Dryland Solutions, Inc.) and Avery C. Anderson (Quivira Coalition)
NEW 2013 Edition with 2 New Pages
Soil loss caused by flowing water diminishes the fertility, productivity and healing capacity of the land. This guide was created to empower landowners and managers to take action and reverse soil erosion at every opportunity. These methods promote harvesting and storing runoff and sediment with structures based on natural forms that initiate long-lasting regenerative processes.
This handy, laminated (field-ready!) 4x6" field guide will walk you through the design and construction process for One Rock Dams, Zuni Bowls, Rock Mulch Rundowns, and Media Luna structures.
In 2013, we have added 2 new pages that outline the "10 Regenerative Design Principles for Restoring Degraded Land." These useful principles help to set the context for the erosion control structures described in the rest of the field guide, and they also give landowners/managers a set of rules to live by as they make other decisions about how to manage soil and water on their land.
Funded in part by the Audubon TogetherGreen Fellowship
New Agrarian Education:
A Handbook for Mentor and Apprentice
by: Quivira Coalition - New Agrarian Program
The development of this handbook was a collaborative effort between Quivira Coalition staff and community. It is the culmination of knowledge acquired from our New Agrarian Apprenticeship Program (formerly known as CARLY - Conservation and Ranching Leadership and Youth). Generous financial support from the Thaw Charitable Trust, The Dixon Water Foundation, James A. "Buddy" Davidson Charitable Foundation and the Barbara Roastingear/Harry Oliver III Family Foundation have made it possible for Quivira to train and graduate new agrarians in fields that include sustainable ranching, grass-based dairy and artisan cheese-making, and locally-sourced fiber production. This handbook draws on the experience of mentors, apprentices and others in Quivira's new agrarian network, and we are grateful for their time and willingness to share their "lessons learned."
Bullseye! Targeting Your Rangeland Health Objectives
Published by The Quivira Coalition
Version 2.0 - Second Printing, February 2013
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"We produced Bullseye! Targeting Your Rangeland Health Objectives to fill the gap between the needs of land managers and the confusing array of monitoring methods available. Often, monitoring results are exhibited as tables of numbers and confusing charts with interpretation difficult for hands-on application. In addition, the choice of which type of monitoring methodology best fits the situation of the potential user is commonly unclear. We hope this manual will be of use in your efforts to improve rangeland health. Further, we hope users will modify and improve the techniques and pass these on to help others....
"....The methodologies presented in this manual have been field tested in a number of different locations and rangeland health conditions. In addition, people performing the field tests had highly varied backgrounds and experiences in managing rangelands. This experience level ranged from cowboys and wildlife management technicians to professional public and private land managers. Their feedback has been incorporated into this manual. We look forward to an even wider range of potential users and their comments and suggestions...."
-Kirk Gadzia & Todd Graham