Managing Woodlands Video Just Published

I invite you to view the latest in the series of land management videos I've been privleged to be involved with for the Hill Country Land Trust. identifying and caging young seedlings. So check out this video and browse through the archives of previous topics and let us know what you think! ...   read full post »

posted on 4/3/2017

   

Tree Planting: an Exercise in Optimism

I remember reading somewhere that planting a tree is one of the most generous expressions of optimism a person can make. Stubborn optimism is surely needed when you propose to do something that requires both muscle and money. Tree-planters invest in a future they are unlikely to witness, yet they d...   read full post »

posted on 2/11/2017

   

How I Spent My Summer Vacation

I realize I have been a little sluggish on writing more frequent blog entries this year, but I have a good reason. I’ve been busy producing a series of land stewardship videos for the Hill Country Land Trust. We’ve been very fortunate to have range and natural resource specialist Steve N...   read full post »

posted on 9/20/2016

   

A Combo Platter of Observations and Questions

Our yard in Austin is beginning to look like the Mekong Delta after a solid month of rain. At the ranch in SW Llano County, we are deeply enjoying a lush, drawn-out spring, while still aware that in Texas, these tropical years do not bring joy to everyone. Someone downstream, along the Brazos River...   read full post »

posted on 6/6/2016

   

The Spaces in Between

It was the first week of March, and I was sitting on the back porch at the end of the day, admiring the intricate pattern of bare branches on the cedar elm further out in the yard. Everywhere the quickening pulse of spring was evident, yet the branches of the cedar elm with their slender fingered t...   read full post »

posted on 4/8/2016

   

Landowner Incentive Bulletin

I am proud and honored to be in the 2016 L.I.P. Bulletin Annual Newsletter. They published my essay, The Mindful Conservationist, in this year's issue along with a very nice profile of me under the Landowner Spotlight section of the newsletter. The essay is an adaptation of an earlier article I wrot...   read full post »

posted on 4/4/2016

   

Messy Ecosystems

A few days after Christmas, Jack and I were hard at work burning brush piles out at the ranch, when suddenly we heard a raucous, clattering sound high above: it was the rolling call of dozens of migrating sandhill cranes. We paused to lean on our rakes and watch as the cranes spooled out into long ...   read full post »

posted on 1/28/2016

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