“Understanding Soil Health and Watershed Function” is a new teacher’s workbook by Didi Pershouse, now available as a “sneak preview” for educators preparing their fall lessons. The Dixon Water Foundation supported the production of this resource, which was a joint project of the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service, the USDA Southern Plains Climate Hub, The Soil Carbon Coalition, and Redlands Community College.
“By using measures—such as the carbon stored, the water absorbed and retained, populations of fungi, bacteria, wild life and insects, and rancher and animal well-being—we are comparing adaptive grazing with conventional grazing to see if the former actually improves ranch ecosystems,” said Peter Byck, professor of practice at ASU and director, producer and writer of the documentary Carbon Nation. “We hope to study and compare 36 ranches located in four diverse eco-regions across the U.S. and southern Canada.”
Also on the ASU research team is Richard Teague, a Dixon Water Foundation advisory board member and Associate Resident Director and Professor with Texas A&M AgriLife Research. The team is presenting their research at the American Association for the Advancement of Science’s annual meeting this week.
Read more about the research project at: http://phys.org/news/2015-02-capturing-carbon-soil-real-scale.html#jCp