The New Ranch Handbook: A Guide to Restoring Western Rangelands

By Nathan Sayre

What began as a grassroots collaboration among a small number of ranchers and conservationists working to resolve rangeland problems has grown into an active faction of innovative (or visionary) ranchers called “New Ranchers.” The New Ranch Handbook demonstrates how livestock ranching and conservation values can be compatible and ranchers and environmentalists can work together to benefit rangelands. On New Ranches in New Mexico, Arizona, Colorado, and elsewhere, livestock has been managed in progressive ways and the land has responded: vegetation is more diverse and productive, soils are more stable, streams and springs have come back to life. Wildlife, watersheds, livestock, and ranchers have all benefited. The Handbook situates the practices of these ranches in relation to recent models and knowledge in range science and ecology.

To launch the digital edition, click the publication icon to the left. Download the pdf New Ranch Handbook.

Technical Guides

The Quivira Coalition openly shares most of our publications and other media resources. We try to provide useful guides for land stewards to control erosion, monitor rangeland, improve road drainage, start an apprenticeship program, and many other topics. We also have a number of publications in print for sale. Check back soon to be able to purchase them through this website, or contact Kit Brewer at kit@quiviracoaltion.orgto order any of our publications by email.

A Good Road Lies Easy on the Land

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CO NRCS Range Technical Note

Hand-Built Structures for Restoring Degraded Meadows in Sagebrush Rangelands: Examples and lessons learned from the Upper Gunnison River Basin, Colorado USDA, State of Colorado, NRCS - Range Technical Note No. 40 May 2018 By Jeremy Maestas, Shawn Connor,...

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Erosion Control Field Guide

Erosion Control Field Guide By Craig Sponholtz and Avery C. Anderson Sponholtz 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,...

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Plug and Pond

The Plug and Pond Treatment: Restoring Sheetflow to High Elevation Slope Wetlands in New Mexico By Bill Zeedyk, Steve Vrooman, New Mexico Environment Department, and Surface Water Quality Bureau Wetlands Program This field guide is intended to inform those...

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Quivira’s annual newsletter.


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