Resilience

Quivira’s Annual Journal

Episode 69 – American Zion: Religion and rebellion on Western public lands

Betsy Gaines Quammen has been researching the history of Mormonism and its relationship to Western landscapes for years. We talk about her new book, American Zion: Cliven Bundy, God and Public Lands in the West.

Episode 68 – Why the biggest reservoirs in the west are running low–and what to do about it

Water expert Brian Richter walks us through the history of these great man-made lakes, and how we can ensure that they will continue to provide water through man-made crises like climate change.

Resilience, Issue 41- It Works! A celebration of Bill Zeedyk’s 80th Year

Resilience, Issue 41- It Works! A celebration of Bill Zeedyk's 80th Year August 2015 It is our great pleasure to bring you this 41st edition of Resilience. Not only is it a small token of our appreciation for the many ways that Bill Zeedyk has enriched our lives and...

Resilience, Issue 40 – Beyond Resilience

Resilience, Issue 40 - Beyond Resilience September 2014 In 2007, the Board of the Quivira Coalition added the words “build resilience” to our mission statement. Resilience means “to bounce back” or “recover quickly” from a shock or surprise. In ecology, it refers to...

Resilience, Issue 39 – 2% Solutions for Hunger Thirst and CO2

Resilience, Issue 39 - 2% Solutions for Hunger Thirst and CO2 September 2013 These 2% Solution profiles are part of Quivira’s Carbon Ranch Project, whose goal is to share land management strategies that sequester CO2 in soils and plants, reduce greenhouse gas...

Resilience, Issue 38 – A Place Worth Calling Home

Resilience, Issue 38 - A Place Worth Calling Home October 2012 Sustainability. Adaptation. Mitigation. Local. Grassfed. These words, so much in the news today across the globe, barely registered on people’s radar screens fteen years ago. For example, when we founded...

Resilience, Issue 37 – Lessons Learned

Resilience, Issue 37 - Lessons Learned January 2012 This issue includes - Reflections from a “Do” Tank: Quivira and Conservation in the West Restoring Land Health to Small Properties: Lessons from Quivira’s Red Canyon Reserve                                          ...

Resilience, Issue 36 – A Carbon Ranch

Resilience, Issue 36 - A Carbon Ranch December 2010 For this inaugural issue of Resilience, we are introducing a new idea: The Carbon Ranch. Its purpose is to mitigate climate change by sequestering additional carbon dioxide in plants and soils, reducing greenhouse...

Resilience, Issue 35 – The Back Forty

Resilience, Issue 35 - The Back Forty February 2010 “The only progress that matters is on the actual landscape of the back forty.” – Aldo Leopold The news from the Back Forty is very encouraging. In many places that I have visited, people are solving on-the-ground...

Resilience, Issue 34 – New Agrarianism

Resilience, Issue 34 - New Agrarianism June 2009 "With this issue of our Journal, we reach a culmination of much of what The Quivira Coalition has been trying to accomplish since our founding in 1997. The idea of a new agrarianism encompasses nearly all our work over...

Down to Earth

A Planet to Plate Podcast

Episode 76 – Making ag finance work for farmers, not just bankers

Many food producers spend so much on interest to banks that they can’t pay for improvements to make their farms more resilient and regenerative. Zach Ducheneaux talks about an alternative that’s already having some success in Indian country.

Episode 75 – The Reindeer Chronicles: Stories of restoration from around the planet

In her new book, Judith Schwartz takes us to five continents and tell us stories of people restoring devastated landscapes–and overcoming deep conflicts that stem from degraded ecosystems. The results are phenomenal.

Episode 74 – For the birds: Audubon’s conservation ranching work

“What’s good for the bird is good for the herd”–that’s the basis of a win-win initiative to preserve bird habitat on ranches and grasslands. We speak with Audubon Society VP Marshall Johnson about grassland ecology and their successful conservation collaborations.

Episode 73 – The risks and rewards facing young farmers

Vanessa García Polanco is from a farming family that emigrated to the US when she was a teenager. She explores the challenges that young and beginning farmers, and farmers of color, are dealing with–especially during the global pandemic.

Episode 72 – Bringing Buffalo back home

The Eastern Shoshone people traditionally survived with the buffalo, and their way of life suffered when tens of millions of buffalo were killed by the US government. But now they’re returning to the land–and starting to renew a culture.

Episode 71 – The Rodale Institute: Pioneers in regenerative/organic farming

When the “green revolution” offered the promise of better agriculture through chemical-intensive farming, J.I. Rodale was skeptical. He started an organic farm and then an institute to study how farming could improve the land and human health. Now they’re doing great work from coast to coast.

Episode 70 -Hopi farming: a 2000-year-long agriculture experiment

Hopi farmers must be doing something right: they have survived and grown their own food for hundreds of generations. We talk to Dr. Michael Kotutwa Johnson about their regenerative farming and cultural practices––and the challenges to maintaining them.

Episode 69 – American Zion: Religion and rebellion on Western public lands

Betsy Gaines Quammen has been researching the history of Mormonism and its relationship to Western landscapes for years. We talk about her new book, American Zion: Cliven Bundy, God and Public Lands in the West.

Episode 68 – Why the biggest reservoirs in the west are running low–and what to do about it

Water expert Brian Richter walks us through the history of these great man-made lakes, and how we can ensure that they will continue to provide water through man-made crises like climate change.

Episode 67 – Food, farmers, and the virus–navigating the difficulties and disconnects

There’s plenty of food, but with Covid-19 it’s not getting where it needs to go, and everyone–especially farmers–is paying the price. Rachel Armstrong of Farm Commons walks us through the problems–and some solutions–to the many dilemmas facing the food system.

Technical Guides

For healthy working lands

Applying Keyline Design Principles to Slope Wetland Restoration in a Headwater Ecosystem

Applying Keyline Design Principles to Slope Wetland Restoration in a Headwater Ecosystem NMED-SWQB By Walton, M., J. W. Jansens, J. Adams, M. Tatro, and T. E. Gadzia. An interest in developing, testing, and documenting innovative approaches to slope wetland...

A Good Road Lies Easy on the Land

A Good Road Lies Easy on the Land - Water Harvesting from Low-Standard Rural Roads By Bill Zeedyk “A road lies easily on the land if it is located on a landform where it can be readily and effectively drained (neither too steep nor too at); is functional when used as...

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, Bill Zeedyk,...

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, supports more...

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 who depend...

Agrarian Apprenticeship: Growing the Next Generation of Ranchers and Farmers

Agrarian Apprenticeship: Growing the Next Generation of Ranchers and Farmers By Virginie Pointeau, Julie Sullivan, Sarah Wentzel-Fisher The New Agrarian Program has delved deep into the state of agricultural apprenticeship in the US as part of a Thornburg Foundation...

An Introduction to Erosion Control

An Introduction to Erosion Control By Bill Zeedyk and Jan-Willem Jansens 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...

An Introduction to Induced Meandering

An Introduction to Induced Meandering By Bill Zeedyk 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...

Forest Restoration on the Rowe Mesa Grassbank – A K-12 Curriculum Guide

Forest Restoration on the Rowe Mesa Grassbank - A K-12 Curriculum Guide By Tori Derr and the Quivira Coalition This curriculum provides opportunities for youth to learn many aspects of science, including some principles of forest restoration, observation and...

Seeing the Forest and the Trees: A Review of a Collaborative Restoration Project on Rowe Mesa, San Miguel County, NM

Seeing the Forest and the Trees: A Review of a Collaborative Restoration Project on Rowe Mesa, San Miguel County, NM By Courtney White Between 2001 and 2005, a collaborative, science-based restoration treatment project - called Rincon Ortiz CFRP - was successfully...

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