The Mindful Conservationist

This essay was written in March, 2015 for the quarterly newsletter of the Texas Chapter of the Society for Ecological Restoration (http://chapter.ser.org/texas) The rigorous structure of scientific inquiry can often offer guidance to the average landowner, but I have found that outcomes are more successful when protocols take into consideration the personal experience of working on the land. Many new landowners discover that they are more successful when they plan their projects within a psychological framework that continuously connects them to what inspired them to buy their property in the ...   read full post »

posted on 4/11/2015

   

Why is little bluestem so hard to grow from seed ?

From our earliest days as landowners, we have tried to entice the Queen of the Prairie to reside on our property. That’s the name I’ve given to little bluestem (Schizachyrium scoparium), because to me it’s one of I planted the clumps in groups of 15-20 in various locations that mi...   read full post »

posted on 3/16/2015

   

What Happened to All That Seed?

In 2014, the long-awaited rains that typically arrive in September to revive the summer-parched landscape did not appear until mid-October. In contrast, the early fall of 2013 received enough heavy rainfall to small brush pile (photo by Stanley Farrar) is a good way to stay warm!...   read full post »

posted on 1/6/2015

   

Landowner Incentive Project: Part II

The first phase of this year's LIP project was described in the previous post: "Not Our First Rodeo: LIP Project 2014". For this year's grant project, we began by selectively clearing brush in the woodlands along our riparian corridor so that we could plant more native grasses, encourage more divers...   read full post »

posted on 7/16/2014

   

Not our First Rodeo: LIP Project 2014

This spring, thanks to receiving another Landowner Incentive Program (LIP) grant from Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (www.tpwd.state.tx.us/lip), we have been able to continue what for us is an ambitious schedule of conservation projects on our property. The work supported by this grant is inten...   read full post »

posted on 5/16/2014

   

In the Deep Midwinter: Update on Projects

Suddenly, the mornings are filled with of the sound of white wing doves calling one another. Only a week or two ago temperatures stuck near freezing. Mother Nature sure has had some serious mood swings this winter! Typically we expect the coldest weather to arrive soon after the New Year, but a kin...   read full post »

posted on 2/20/2014

   

Searching for the Best Ways to Remove Carrizo (Arundo Donax)?

Last summer, I was asked to help The Contemporary Austin (formerly known as The Austin Museum of Art) to help initiate a stewardship plan for Laguna Gloria - the museum's historic 12 acre property on Lake Austin. Following an ecological assessment report by Lessons Learned: On this site, heavy equip...   read full post »

posted on 1/21/2014

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