Restoring Desert Grasslands USA

Desert, green, restoring, USA, Texas, grassland, perma culture, eco system, water, CO2Look at the amazing results Restoring Desert Grasslands in Texas. 

The key to this form of permaculture is: cooperating with each other and with nature for abundant living.

Keyline design in Patagonia, and the combination with Holistic Management looks powerful to regenerate land, businesses and rural communities!

What are the indicators for improved perma ecosystem health under holistic management techniques?

More grass cover

This means an increase in the density of the plants. In a healthy grassland system, there should be no space between plants—i.e., no bare ground.

Any water from the sky should land on leaves, not dirt.

Achieving this state using livestock is possible through holistic management, even in areas of low seasonal rainfall. When animal movement is done properly, plant growth is stimulated through grazing at the opportune time, soil health is enhanced with essential nutrients, and the land is “impacted” through hoof action, trampling plant litter and seeds into the ground along with manure to assure cover for new growth and moisture retention.

Increased surface water

Increased surface water is one of the most important indicators of ecosystem recovery. In low, seasonal-rainfall grassland and savanna environments, the measure of surface water health that a land manager can readily see is how long springs or watering holes sustain into the dry season.

When the soil is healthy, it is rich with organic matter that absorbs water, pulling it down and replenishing the water table.

When soil is depleted, rainwater flows away, creating gullies and carrying topsoil with it. The erosion process can drain the water table. However, the opposite is also true. Improved soil health will replenish the water table. As this happens, the change in surface water will become apparent: streams and surface pools remain wet longer into the dry season and may also widen.

Enhanced plant and wildlife diversity

As grasslands recover, plant and wildlife diversity increases. This is driven by the changing biological composition of the soil—the bacterial and fungal communities that hide away carbon and exchange nutrients with roots.

This soil community is enhanced by ruminant manure, which is loaded with water, minerals, and billions of essential bacteria that serve as “reinforcements” to their fellow microbes in the ground, particularly important in the dry season. As plants diversify, so will the bugs, birds, and larger wildlife.

Eradication of problem or invasive species

As properly timed grazing restores the grassland soils to their prior state, new conditions will favor the native species. Invasive species that had benefited from depleted soil will no longer be advantaged. Additionally, livestock, including cattle and goats, can be used as tools to directly eradicate undesired species. For example, goats can eat prickly pear, and cattle can disrupt the life cycle of cheatgrass and trample and kill woody brush.

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2 Responses to Restoring Desert Grasslands USA

  1. Lane says:

    If there’s a chance to add beaver to some of the more predominant waterways, That would help tremendously. Beaver are awesome at water management. They will deepen and widen waterways like you can’t imagine.

  2. Lane says:

    Note to add to my last comment, You might check out this video to see more about what I’m talking about. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oge553j9xVE

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