On August 26th, 55 eager participants gathered at the Circle Ranch in the Chihuahuan high-desert grasslands of far-West Texas to learn about effective water cycle management, forage production and soil health. The event started at 9 AM sharp, with Peggy Cole doing an orientation to Holistic Management. Host and ranch owner Chris Gill provided participants with an orientation to Circle Ranch, followed by wildlife biologist and restoration expert Bill Zeedyk, who provided participants with a restoration orientation, providing information about the number of restoration projects happening on the ranch.
After the orientation, participants were then taken to one the current restoration site on the ranch, where Bill spoke about land erosion and the restoration process. Other restoration projects taking place on the ranch were visited as well.
After lunch, Katherine Ottmers talked about the value of biological monitoring, leading a group exercise in the field to explain the monitoring process. The day ended with a Q & A with panel presenters and Chris Gill.
Here are some of the results from the day’s event:
Program Impact & Improved Knowledge
|% of Participants|
|Would recommend event to others||100%|
|Overall program satisfaction||100%|
|Intend to complete biological monitoring on land||96%|
|Intend to change management practices
Here are some of the things participants had to say about the event:
“It was very educational. I enjoyed it!”
“I learned something new.”
“Great presenters, very educational.”
“It was great. It was well thought out and planned.”
HMI would like to thank The Dixon Water Foundation, who provided program funding, as well as the following sponsors, collaborators and outreach partners: Circle Ranch, Texas NRCS, Zeedyk Ecological Consulting, Ausplow Easitill II, High Point Soil & Water Conservation District, Texas Parks and Wildlife, Quivira Coalition, and Frank Porter.
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