Holistic Management Certified Educator, Brian Wehlburg is featured in article by David Sparkes on ABC.net in Australia. He said while it was important to let grasses on a property recover, the idea that the land itself needed to be rested was untrue. Here’s an excerpt from the article…
“Another distinction he made was the difference between resting land and allowing plants to recover. A critical portion of all of that is going back into the atmosphere, and it’s not going into your soil to produce a living for yourself and for your family.
While people often talked about land being overgrazed, he said it was the plants that were overgrazed, not the land, and the balance to be struck was in the timing of grazing those plants.
“Certainly, let the plants recover from the grazing,” Mr Wehlburg said.
“But once those plants reach their physical maturity, they stop capturing sunlight, they stop capturing more carbon and in fact at some point in time they start going grey and oxidising.
“[At that point] a critical portion of all of that is going back into the atmosphere, and it’s not going into your soil to produce a living for yourself and for your family.
“So, there is a difference between resting plants and resting environments.