There was an interesting article about Holistic Management practitioner Paul Schwennesen by Sandra Postel on the National Geographic site. The Schwennesens are long-time Holistic Management practitioners and Paul took over operations on the Double Check Ranch from his father about 10 years ago. The ranch abutts part of the San Pedro River and Paul is working with the Arizona Land and Water Trust to see if he can reduce his water use by 20-30% through improving the water cycle function on his land. He’s working to increase organic matter so he can hold more water. More than 300 migratory birds fly along the San Pedro, so what is good for the river is also good for these birds. In turn, Paul gets compensated for the water saved. If this experiment shows promise, there may be more opportunity for ranchers to earn money by saving water through good grazing practices. To learn more about how to implement Holistic Planned Grazing, download our Holistic Grazing e-book for free.