Workshops

Red Canyon Spring Land Health Workshop

Red Canyon Reserve near Magdalena, NM

Friday, May 10 – Sunday, May 12

Join us for two great days of landscape assessment, monitoring, and building at Red Canyon Reserve. This workshop is perfect for ranchers, land managers, students, or anyone looking to learn these methods. Tools and worksheets will be provided. Attendees are responsible for food and camping gear. Participants can begin to arrive on Friday evening to explore Red Canyon and connect with other participants. Saturday is the main workshop day where participants will assist on various projects. Any remaining projects that aren’t completed on Saturday will be finished on Sunday morning, and participants can depart by noon. Participants are encouraged to arrive Friday evening and stay through Saturday evening or Sunday morning. We provide water and a beautiful place to camp out, you bring the rest.

This workshop is free to attend.

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Getting there

Red Canyon Reserve

Topics

The Carbon Ranch Initiative and Citizen Science with the Quivira Coalition

Quivira is exploring the implementation of carbon ranching in New Mexico as a tool to improve soil health and increase drought resilience and forage production. As part of this exploration, Quivira is establishing field trials throughout the state to study the effects of compost application on grazed rangelands, and one of the sites will be located at Red Canyon Reserve! Join Quivira as we discuss the design and implementation of the field trial through the lens of citizen science, and help us collect and establish baseline measurements of the proposed site for the compost application in the fall.

Bullseye Rangeland Vegetation Monitoring with Cullen Hallmark and Frank Hayes

The Bullseye method was originally articulated by Kirk Gadzia and Todd Graham to fill the gap between the needs of land managers and the never ending array of monitoring methods available. Participants will learn about the long-term monitoring program at Red Canyon Reserve and how to perform a rapid qualitative assessment of rangeland health using the bullseye method.

Erosion Control

Learn how to read the landscape to better understand surface water flow and the erosion process, while getting hands on instruction in remediation of large and small headcuts.

Geology Walk with Tom Byrd

Join Tom Byrd as he leads participants through a walk of Red Canyon while pointing out unique geological characteristics of the reserve.

Drone Aerial Mapping Demonstration with Tom Byrd

Watch Tom Byrd as he conducts aerial mapping of Red Canyon Reserve using a drone. Dependent on weather conditions.

Sponsors

The Paul H. Johanson Fund

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Upcoming workshops

The Quivira Coalition hosts a number of workshops throughout the year for land managers interested in improving or maintaining the health of the land they steward. These workshops usually consist of one to three days on a working ranch where participants are given the opportunity to learn by doing. Topics include erosion control, biological monitoring, pasture management, soil health assessment, plant identification, native seed harvesting and more. Typically, we partner with one or several ranchers and organizations to bring a number of perspectives and types of expertise to the conversation. If you would like to partner with us on a land health workshop, please contact Arielle Quintana at arielle@quiviracoalition.org.