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Silvopasture Listening Sessions

January 28, 2021 @ 1:00 pm - 2:15 pm


Silvopasture Listening Sessions


January 28, 2021 from 1:00-2:15pm MT

February 11, 2021 from 1:00-2:00pm MT


Sessions will be held virtually on Zoom, register below


Join us for two Silvopasture Listening Sessions on January 28 and February 11 presented by the Southwest Agroforestry Action Network, New Mexico Coalition to Enhance Working Lands, and the Quivira Coalition. They feature speakers Maurice Robinette and Patrick Fitzsimons. Through presentations and participant discussion we will gain a better understanding of silvopasture in the Southwest. Bring your questions, concerns, and experiences with silvopasture!

What is silvopasture? Silvopasture is the intentional integration of livestock, forage and trees! The practice is much older than its name, and isn’t always called “silvopasture.” You’ll get to learn all about it at these two listening sessions. You can also learn more about silvopasture here.

The January 28th session will feature Maurice Robinette. There will be Q&A and short breakout discussions. The February 11th session will feature Patrick Fitzsimons and include Q&A and breakout discussions. The sessions build on each other and the final session will be especially focused on participant discussion. However you do not need to have attended the first one to attend the second! All are welcome!! NOTE: Arnold Clifford and Hugh Fitzsimons were unable to attend due to unexpected circumstances. We are grateful to Hugh’s son, Patrick, who is able to step in and present on behalf of their ranch, Shape Ranch, where he worked for many years.


If you have any questions, please contact Leah Potter-Weight at 505-393-1355 or by email leah at quiviracoaliton dot org.


Maurice Robinette
Maurice Robinette is a third generation rancher at Lazy R Ranch, located in the channeled scablands of eastern Washington. His wife, Ellen, and two daughters Jacqueline and Beth, complete their family, along with their border collie, Theo. Maurice attended graduate school at the University of Idaho and received a MA in rural sociology in 1976. He worked for the Montana Energy Research and Development Institute in Butte, MT three years before starting full time ranching in 1981. He became a certified educator of holistic management in 1999.

Maurice will discuss the impacts of holistic management on the ecosystem pre and post catastrophic fire. This will include a discussion of his grazing techniques, including timing and stock density. He will also talk about the impacts of the fire on grass species and the change in quantity. There will also be a short discussion of harvesting ponderosa pine on this site.

Patrick Fitzsimons (NOTE: Hugh Fitzsimons unable to present this time, so his son his presenting on Shape Ranch)

Patrick Fitzsimons worked on his family ranch, Shape Ranch, for a number of years.  The Texas Ranch integrates bison and mesquite. More info on Patrick coming soon!

His dad, Hugh Fitzsimons, published his book A Rock Between Two Rivers: Fracturing a Texas Family Ranch in 2017.

Patrick will present on a video created about the ranch, and discuss the silvopastoral systems used.


January 28, 2021
1:00 pm - 2:15 pm


Education and Outreach