Livestock herder Joel Herrmann: a catalyst for change

Peter Donovan
Joel Herrmann
Joel Herrmann in his camp in Owhyhee County, Idaho, USA.

Peter Donovan

Paradigms and decision-making frameworks

When we are dealing with paradigms and beliefs, there is no opportunity to choose without awareness. The following is an attempt at revealing what is usually hidden.

Some people may find it more useful to learn from specific situations in which people are applying these concepts. There are numerous specific examples in the topic areas at left.

Common-sense timber management: Howard Johnson of Wallowa, Oregon

Howard Johnson of Wallowa, a "retired" cattle rancher, is quietly challenging some widely held beliefs about the management of forest lands. In eastern Oregon, many have grown up believing that a commercial timber harvest is a once-in-a-lifetime thing on a piece of land, or at most once in a generation. And many believe that forest health is a cost, and that it can only be achieved at the expense of something else.

The Holistic Resource Management Quarterly

(Since this article was written, The Holistic Resource Management Quarterly has become Holistic Management in Practice)

The Holistic Resource Management Quarterly. Published by Holistic Management International, 1010 Tijeras NW, Albuquerque, NM 87102 (505-842-5252). $25 a year.

The farm that came to be

The story of "the farm the came to be" began as an idea; an idea that was both ahead of its time and in a very real sense an idea that was also behind the times; both progressive and traditional at the same time.

Hwange villagers adopt Holistic Management

previously published in the Zimbabwe Herald 10/10/96

The quest for survival in Hwange and Victoria Falls, threatened by looming environmental degradation, has taught the villagers new techniques of sustainable development.

Tired of living in the shadow of tourism projecting facades of leisure centres, for tourists with little or no retainer for the providers of the services, the villagers guard their land jealously against further degradation.

Moving to perennial grasses in Idaho's Lower Salmon River country

WHITE BIRD, IDAHO, U.S.A. -- For generations, the lower Salmon River country around here has been subject to invasions of weeds. First there was cheatgrass. In the late 1940s, goatweed (also known as St. John's wort or Klamath weed) began to take over to the extent that many people thought ranching was over. The introduction of a beetle stabilized that weed population.

Using nature's forces to reclaim deteriorating land

Good management can create rapid recovery of severely desertified land without use of fertilizers, artificial plantings, or irrigation by harnessing a cost-effective biological force: livestock. Here on Kachana we use the cattle that damaged our land to heal it.


Restoring South Africa's desertified Karoo

Summary: Three related stories by three South African holistic managers. Introduction to the Karoo and its surprising history, restoring grass to a family farm from 1973 to present, and restoring an area with zero carrying capacity.

The Karoo

Improving a small acreage with three horses

Peter Donovan
Dick Knox

Dick Knox looks at small oak seedlings where he and Diane have controlled the time the horses are allowed to graze.
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