Spring time on the ranch means long hours and hard work. It means running fence and fixing it. It means rebuilding gates, repairing water gaps and getting pastures ready for cattle.
This newsletter’s pages show how ecologically-attuned management maintains wide open spaces for aesthetics, production and the essential dynamics of fire and wildlife movement to sustain those values.
What is sustainability? It is a subject I have studied a lot. In terms of carbon, the life element, sustainability means balancing for the ability of biological systems to remain diverse and productive indefinitely. Thus, sustainability reflects the fourth dimension of time, where empirically-monitored sites maintain carbon-balanced living health, even in the face of the regional desertification trend we see playing out across the Southwest.
As we close out our 24th year, Diablo Trust is grateful for much progress, and for your continued interest and support. Our 426,000-acre area, encompassing the Bar T Bar and Flying M ranches, continues to be managed as working landscapes sustaining our mission, “to demonstrate innovative approaches to restore and maintain the natural processes that create and protect a healthy, unfragmented landscape to support a diverse, flourishing community of human, plant and animal life in the Diablo Trust area for generations to come.”
These pages show it’s been a good summer for Diablo Trust. Our popular Annual Camp-out was held in a new location in the grasslands on the Diablo Canyon boundary between the Bar T Bar and Flying M ranches. Also, several days of agency-led group forage monitoring were completed this summer to document progress in meeting our collaborative management goals for healthy ecosystems.
This year's Camp-out was held on the eastern rim of Diablo Canyon, on Bar T Bar Ranch near Dog Valley. A total of 40 guests showed up, ranging from Diablo Trust old-timers to brand new visitors, interested in seeing and learning what the Diablo Trust community does.
As the new president of Diablo Trust I give my thanks to Judy Prosser for her many years at the helm. I am a Natural Resources Consultant and have been active in Diablo since its beginning 23 years ago. My passion for participation has been in sustaining wide-open spaces in our region.