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Weve Come a Long Way!25 Years of Holistic Managementby Kirk GadziaJ ULY/AUGUST2009 NUMBER1 26 WWW. HOLI STI CMANAGEMENT. ORGhealthy land.sustainable future.PBS Documentary . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .17From the Board Chair. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .17Certified Educators. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .19Marketplace. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .20NEWSandNETWORKMaking the Case for Soil CarbonFRANKARAGONA . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .4Beyond Conflict to ConsensusAddressing the Social Weak LinkJEFFGOEBEL. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .5Holistic Management in the NortheastANNADAMS. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .7Practicing What You TeachLivestock Treated Cropfields SENANELOMOYO. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .18LANDandLIVESTOCKCocktail Mixes & Integrating LivestockNO- TILLFARMER. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .8Daily MonitoringHolistic Planned GrazingGRAEMEHAND . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .11Voisins VisionBetter Grassland SwardJOHNKING. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .14FEATURESTORIESI N S I D E T H I S I S S U ECOCKTAIL SEEDINGUsing a cocktail mix of seeds (oftenmore than 11 different types of seeds) can fix nitrogen, extend the growingseason, improve soil fertility, droughtproof your cropfields, and much more.Learn about how Gabe Brown is using this practiceeffectively on his farm in North Dakota on page 8. CONTINUEDONPAGE2This article was excerpted from a presentation by Kirk Gadzia at the Society for Range Management Holistic Management Symposium in February 2009.When asked to speak on 25 years of history of Holistic Management, Kirk decided the easiest way was to just tell his own story, which spans that entire time.Ijoined Society for Range Management(SRM) back in 1976 and attended my first SRM meeting in Portland, Oregon inFebruary 1977. After graduating with my MS in range science in 1979 from NMSU, I eventually took a job as a rangeconservationist with the Bureau of Indian Affairs in Albuquerque in 1980. In the early 80s the Savory Grazing Method or SGM was a big buzz with lots of controversyand even conflictsomething I had never seenin the range profession to this degree. And, I wasvery interested in learning more to see for myselfwhat this was all about. I eventually attended theSGM training in Albuquerque in 1983 and gotvery excited about all the information. Weimmediately began building grazing cells onSandia Pueblo grazing areas just east of I-25. As a young man with lots of energy and drive,I grew less excited about my agency job and moreexcited about the prospects of working in mychosen field within the private sector. In 1984, asmy first daughter was born, my wife quit her jobto stay and take care of our young family, and I quit my jobto start my own consultingbusiness. I took out my small retirement savingsfrom the Federal service, took stock of whatsavings we had, and jumped off into the deep end.I have never regretted that decision. A New OrganizationI began attending most of the SGM week-longschools and helping there during and after thecourses. My travels took me to many areas of thewestern and mid-western United States, Canada,and Mexico. Throughout this time I followed upwith alumni and began a consulting business tohelp people implement the things they hadlearned at the courses. I still have my coursenotebook from that first course, and although myinterest was primarily the grazing managementside of the equation, the decision-making processthat is today known as Holistic Management wasalready being formed.A short time later, in 1985, I took a positionwith the newly formed Center for Holistic ResourceManagement (CHRM) in Albuquerque. This new Center was the shift away from aprivate ranch management consulting agency, to a non-profit 501c3 which occurred in 1984. 2 IN PRACTICEJuly / August 2009Holistic Management International works to reverse thedegradation of private and communal land used foragriculture and conservation, restore its health andproductivity, and help create sustainable and viablelivelihoods for the people who depend on it.FOUNDERSAllan SavoryJody ButterfieldSTAFFPeter Holter, Chief Executive OfficerTracy Favre, Senior Director/ Contract ServicesJutta von Gontard, Senior Director / PhilanthropyKelly Bee, Chief Financial OfficerAnn Adams, Managing Editor, IN PRACTICE and Director of Educational Products and Outreach Maryann West, Manager of Administration and Executive Support Donna Torrez, Customer Service ManagerMary Girsch-Bock, Educational Products & Outreach AssistantValerie Gonzales, Administrative AssistantBOARD OF DIRECTORSBen Bartlett, ChairRon Chapman, Past ChairRoby Wallace, Vice-ChairGail Hammack, SecretaryChristopher Peck, TreasurerSallie Calhoun Mark GardnerDaniela Howell Andrea MalmbergJim McMullan Ian Mitchell InnesJim Parker Sue ProbartDennis Wobeser Jesus Almeida ValdezADVISORY COUNCILRobert Anderson, Corrales, NMMichael Bowman,Wray, COSam Brown, Austin, TXLee Dueringer, Scottsdale, AZGretel Ehrlich, Gaviota, CADr. Cynthia O. Harris, Albuquerque, NMLeo O. Harris, Albuquerque, NMEdward Jackson, San Carlos, CAClint Josey, Dallas, TXDoug McDaniel, Lostine, ORGuillermo Osuna, Coahuila, MexicoSoren Peters, Santa Fe, NMJim Shelton, Vinita, OKYork Schueller, Ventura, CAAfrica Centre for Holistic Management Tel: (263) (11) 404 979 hmatanga@mweb.co.zwHuggins Matanga, DirectorThe David West Station for Holistic ManagementTel: 325/392-2292 Cel: 325/226-3042westgift@hughes.netJoe & Peggy Maddox, Ranch ManagersHOLISTIC MANAGEMENT IN PRACTICE (ISSN: 1098-8157) is published six times a year by Holistic Management International, 1010 Tijeras NW, Albuquerque, NM 87102, 505/842-5252,fax: 505/843-7900; email: hmi@holisticmanagement. org.; website: www. holisticmanagement.org Copyright 2009healthy land.sustainable future.Weve Come a Long Waycontinued from page oneIt represented a fundamental shift in thedevelopment of Holistic Management from theprivate sector alone, to include governmentagencies, other non-profits, and diverse groups of like interest.In 1985, I, along with five other trainees,would become instructors at the Center andeventually employees and regional directors indifferent areas of the country. Initial funding forthis was provided by the Noble Foundation inOklahoma. Our training at the Center was muchbroader than just grazing management or cellgrazing. We focused on human resources to agreat degree and working and understandinghuman resources, planning models, and the newwave of focus in corporate goal setting processes.We also developed financial planning skills and amuch deeper understanding of ecosystem processesand function. I read on many of these subjectsvoraciously and have kept up that habit still.The following year, 1986, we had an inter -national group from Zimbabwe and the NavajoNation join our team for six months. Followingtheir training I had the opportunity to join Allanand Jody Savory in Zimbabwe and see firsthandthe origins of his theories and ideas on the ground.In 1987 another international group from Tunisia,Morocco, Algeria, and Jordan came to train at theCenter. I also followed up on with visits to all theprojects in their countries and learned muchabout the Arab cultures and the history of resource management in an ancient setting. In terms of learning, this cemented in me the fact that resource management is as much a people issue as it is anything else. Also myincreasing international experience and work in such different environments as those justmentioned plus Canada in the north, Mexico inthe South, California and Hawaii to the west andFlorida and Virginia in the east really made mefocus on indicators of ecosystem processfunctioning rather than species composition orother common measures of land health. This focus on universal principles in regardsto ecosystem functioning has been a central thesisof the Holistic Management approach from itsvery beginning. Understanding the basics of waterand mineral cycling, community dynamics(succession), and energy flow were always givenprimary attention in the courses. This focus eventually helped lead to my beingselected as one of 14 members of the NationalAcademy of Science Committee on RangelandClassification. Our meetings in Washington D.C.and field trips around the country werefascinating exercises and very mentallystimulating. In 1994 the book Rangeland Healthwas published by the National Research Counciland represented the body of our work andthinking, and our recommendations to theprofession on how to improve our methods toclassify, inventory and monitor rangelands. I must say I am very gratified today to seesome of the influence that work has had inshifting the thinking and focus about rangelandhealth. Publications, such as InterpretingIndicators of Rangeland Health, some aspects ofThe National Range and Pasture Handbookand many others, represent a fundamentallybroader shift in how we look at rangeland health. The PractitionersMy work at the Center was very rewarding inmany ways. I had the opportunity to work withsome of the most amazing ranches I could haveever imagined and amazing people I have evermet. I remember visiting the Deseret Ranch inUtah under the management of Gregg Simonds atthat time. The improvement of land and resourcesthey documented and that are still continuingthere today are truly remarkable. So, too, is Gene Govens story. Gene ranchesand farms southwest of Bismarck, North Dakota ata place called Turtle Lake. The first time I visitedhim was back in the late 80s, and I rememberwell how vibrant and healthy the land lookedunder his management using HolisticManagement principles. The HolisticManagement framework had by that timereally emphasized the importance of forming aholisticgoalone that has three interdependentelements of the quality of life they are seeking,stating


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