25 April 2017

Habitat restoration exemplified

"Almost 50 years ago, fried chicken tycoon David Bamberger used his fortune to purchase 5,500 acres of overgrazed land in the Texas Hill Country. Planting grasses to soak in rains and fill hillside aquifers, Bamberger devoted the rest of his life to restoring the degraded landscape. Today, the land has been restored to its original habitat and boasts enormous biodiversity. Bamberger's model of land stewardship is now being replicated across the region and he is considered to be a visionary in land management and water conservation."
This is worth several minutes of your time.   Don't just skip over it.


  1. This is WELL worth watching. Good people doing good works deserve far more notice than they get. (Compare and contrast to the greedy who are pushing to give away public natural land to be destroyed for profit.)

  2. I've been in Austin, Tx, since I went to UT about 50 years. This is near the ranch of President Lyndon Johnson, some 50 miles west. Good to see the video here on this site as it showed up in local media here today. Great example of how to live. More info: http://bambergerranch.org/our-story

  3. This reminds me of a place I recently visited called Tower Hill Reserve, outside of Melbourne, Australia. I was absolutely amazed by the change they had made to the landscape. It has gone from wild natural bush, to barren farmland, and now back to bush again. All the replanting was based on a painting of the area from 1855. In the under two hours we spent there we saw wild koalas, emus, wallaby, skinks, a little echidna, and heaps of bird life.
    Some info http://www.towerhill.org.au/index.php/about-reserve/history

  4. So, so wonderful. Pair this with what happened when the wolves were returned to Yellowstone and we have ourselves a plan. Thanks for posting. Made my day.

  5. Amongst all the gloom and doom we've been reading about lately, finally, a refreshing breeze ....

  6. Dammit, another cheap 'save the world' tear-jerker. But when I saw your "This is worth several minutes of your time. Don't just skip over it." at the end, I thought OK, give it a shot, tywkiwdbi has never let me down yet.
    I was just blown away. We don't all have Bamberger's resources, but it is a great direction to point our children (and grandchildren) to.
    I am probably going to annoy the hell out of a lot of people showing this video every chance I get. But if one in a hundred catch the message, then the world could really become a better place.


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