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 diversity of woody understory plants, and reduce some of the competition that the Hill Country....   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

   

What I Learned From Aldo

Autumn in the upper Mid-West in early October was in its full glory the day we made our pilgrimage to Aldo Leopold's shack (now managed by the deep sand along the banks of the Wisconsin River on Leopold's property and tried to process all the information and messages I had been listening to all week...   read full post »

posted on 11/25/2013

   

The Slow Process of Converting a Bahiagrass Field to Native Grasses

In 2009, a landowner in Washington County near Brenham called to ask for advice on how to go about converting his hayfields from Bermuda and bahiagrass to native grasses. An avid reader of Texas history, Chuck was interested in the early settler's vivid descriptions of the legendary tall grass prai...   read full post »

posted on 10/31/2013

   

Update on Rangeland Re-seeding Projects

There are many things to like about spring, but for me it's the feeling that everything in nature is in a state of pure potential. If conditions line up right, downright miracles happen before your very eyes. Even the spring of 2013, which began late with no winter rainfall, transformed rapidly wh...   read full post »

posted on 6/26/2013

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