Providing opportunity for study groups — elementary, high school, college and university education — is a part of the ranch agenda. The video here is a presentation we assembled with our grandson, Oliver Nix Welke, for his third grade class in Seattle. The ranch has a five-member Science Advisory Committee, and there have been a number of papers and publications based on study here that are listed in the Writing and Publications section below.
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Students at Aldo Leopold Charter School discussing restoration in the context of the climate crisis and how natural climate solutions can achieve 37% of the Paris Climate Agreement’s goals. November 15, 2019.
Five very happy Continental Divide Trail bikers trapped in a huge storm, literally stuck, immovable in foot deep mud, rescued and stayed at the Pitchfork for several days until the road dried out. The fella in the back-right from Canada said they were thinking the next step was to abandon their bikes, walk the 8-miles to safety and give up. The fella in the back-left from Norway owned a bike shop and tuned up our bikes in thanks. September 16, 2019.
Princeton University professor Brian Huberman is filming material for a feature that includes a history of Apacheria. December 16, 2016
Writing and Publications
There have been an assortment of writings arising from living here or visits by scholars, students and writers with a connection to the Pitchfork Ranch. We have listed them generally in the sequence they were written, irrespective of publication.
- Cassandra Bluett, "The Effects of Variation and Water Availability on Rodent Habitat Selection," WNMU, Department of Biology, no date, written by a student at Southwestern New Mexico University whose class studied on the ranch and whose paper was based on research here. Cassandra Bluett Project (PDF)
- A.T. Cole and Cinda Cole, "Ciénaga Restoration at the Pitchfork Ranch," Proceedings of the Second Natural History of the Gila, October 16-18, 2008, The New Mexico Botanist, Special Issue, No. 2, October 2010. Gila Symposium 2008
- Kelly Mensah, "Partner’s Projects in the Southwest Region Improve Ranchers’ Land," August 31, 2010.
- David Gori, Gitanjali S. Bodner, Karla Sartor, Peter Warren and Steven Bassett, "Sky Island Grassland Assessment," September, 2012. Sky Island Grassland Assessment (PDF)
- Karla Sartor and Dave Gori, "Burro Ciénaga Restoration Plan & Progress: Pitchfork Ranch," August, 2012, The Nature Conservancy in New Mexico. TNC Pitchfork Grassland Report (PDF)
- Victor W. Steinmann and Eugene Jercinovic, "Euphorbia rayturneri (Euphorbiaceae), A New Species from Southwestern New Mexico, United States," Novon, Volume 22, Number 4, 482, 2013.
- Eugene Jercinovic, Eurphorbia rayturneri (Ray Turner’s spurge), Euphorbia rayturneri (PDF) newmexicoflores.com/euphorbia_rayturneri.html, September 10, 2013.
- Richard Stephen Felger, "Perennial Native Grasses: Food for a Dry World," Native Plant Society of New Mexico, October, November, December, 2014. Perennial Native Grasses (PDF)
- Cole and Helbock, YouTube: Aridland Ciénagas, 2014.
- "Saving Hotter & Dryer Ciénaga Habitat," National fish, wildlife & plants, Climate Adaptation Strategy, undated. Saving Hotter Dryer Ciénaga Habitat (PDF)
- A.T. Cole, "Unearthing Parallels: John Wesley Powell and James Hanson," 2014, unpublished. Unearthing Parallels (PDF)
- A.T. Cole, "A Message for Climate Change 'Denialists,'" 2014, unpublished. Message For Climate Change Denialists (PDF)
- A.T. Cole and Cinda Cole, "An Overview of Aridland Ciénagas, with Proposals for Classification, Restoration and Preservation," Proceedings of the Fourth Natural History of the Gila October 25-27, 2012, The New Mexico Botanist, Special Issue No. 4, September 2015. Gila Symposium 2012 (PDF)
- Carl E. Bock, "Abundance and variety of birds associated with point sources of water in southwestern New Mexico, U.S.A.," Journal of Arid Environments, 116 (2015) 53-56. Birds & Water (PDF)
- Bringing the Water Back / The Pitchfork Ranch" New Mexico Land Conservancy, 2017, Fall 2017 New Mexico Land Conservancy Newsletter
- Barry Price Steinbrecher and Evan Giomi, "2015-2016 Survey of the Pitchfork Ranch, Grant County, New Mew Mexico," 2016, unpublished. Pitchfork Survey 2015-16 (PDF)
- Avery McGaha, "The story behind a saved cienega in New Mexico," High Country News, December 21, 2015. Saved Cienega
- Berry Price Steinbrecher, "Learning the Landscape," Archaeology Southwest, July 13, 2015. Learning The Landscape (PDF)
- Ellen Soles, "Burro Ciénaga Hydrological Monitoring Report," 2007-2014, U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, 2016, unpublished. Pitchfork Report 2015-11-30 (PDF)
- A.T. Cole, "Bug, Fish Bait or Spirit," 2016, unpublished. Bug, Fish Bait or Spirit (PDF)
- A.T. Cole, "Habitat Restoration and 'The Great Transition,'" 2016, unpublished. The Great Transition (PDF)
- A.T. Cole, "The New White Angus," 2016, unpublished. The New White Angus (PDF)
- Wikipedia: Ciénega, 2017.
- Evan Giomi, "2016 Survey of The Pitchfork Ranch, Grant County, New Mexico," Archaeology Southwest, 2017, unpublished. UGPA 2016 Pitchfork Survey (PDF)
- A.T. Cole, "The Biotic Ethic: Land Restoration and Carbon Sequestration in an Era of Climate Change," 2017, unpublished. (PDF)
- A.T. Cole, "The Planet, Not Just the Republic at Risk," 2017, unpublished. (PDF)
- Goings-On at the Pitchfork Ranch,” Archaeology Southwest, (PDF)
- Habitat Restoration on the Pitchfork Ranch youtube.com/watch?v=dd5UTa63CBE
- Dr. Caitlin Rottler, “The Carbon Bank Beneath Our Feet: Storing Carbon in Rangeland Soils” 2019. (PDF)
- Geoffrey Plant, “From Ranch to Wetland,” Silver City Daily Press, Jan. 4, 2020