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Holistic management : a commonsense revolution to restore our environment
Savory, Allan, 1935- author.
Third edition.
Publication Information:
Washington : Island Press, [2016]

Physical Description:
xviii, 532 pages, 12 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 23 cm
"Holistic Management is a systems-thinking approach developed by biologist Allan Savory to restore the world's grassland soils and minimize the damaging effects of climate change and desertification on humans and the natural world. This long-awaited third edition of this title is comprehensively updated with reorganized, streamlined chapters and new color photos featuring before-and-after examples of land restored through livestock manipulation designed to mimic wildlife migrations of the past. Written for new generations of ranchers, farmers, pastoralists, social entrepreneurs, government agencies, and NGOs working to address global environmental degradation, it offers new hope for a sustainable future."--Page [4] of cover.
Introduction. Managing holistically -- Four key insights. Introduction: the power of paradigms ; Nature functions in wholes and patterns ; Viewing environments in a whole new way ; The predator-prey connection to land health ; Timing is everything ; A new management framework -- The holistic context. Defining the whole: what are you managing? ; Creating the context for your management -- The ecosystem that sustains us all. Introduction: the four fundamental processes that drive our ecosystem ; Water cycle: the circulation of civilization's lifeblood ; Mineral cycle: the circulation of life-sustaining nutrients ; Community dynamics: the ever-changing patterns in the development of living communities ; Energy flow: the flow of fuel that animates all life ; The tools we use to manage our ecosystem. Introduction: from stone-age spears to genetic engineering ; Money and labor: at least one of these tools is always required ; Human creativity: key to using all tools effectively ; Technology: the first-and most-used tool ; Fire: an ancient tool tied to ancient beliefs ; Rest: the most misunderstood tool ; Living organisms: biological tools for solving management challenges ; Animal impact: a tool for regenerating soils and shaping landscapes ; Grazing: a tool for enhancing plant and animal health and productivity -- Holistic decision making. Introduction: selecting appropriate actions ; Cause and effect: stop the blows to your head before you take the aspirin ; Weak link: the strength of a chain is that of its weakest link ; Marginal reaction: getting the biggest bang for your buck ; Gross profit analysis: bringing in the most money for the least additional cost ; Energy and money: using the most appropriate forms in the most constructive way ; Sustainability: generating lasting wealth ; Gut feel: finalizing your decision -- Guidelines for using the management tools. Introduction: lessons learned in practice ; Time: when to expose and reexpose plants and soils to animals ; Stock density and herd effect: using animals to enliven soils and enhance landscapes ; Cropping: practices that more closely mimic nature ; Burning: when and how to burn and what to do before and after ; Population management: look to age structure rather than numbers, communities rather than single species -- Procedures and processes unique to holistic management. Introduction: departing from the conventional ; Holistic financial planning: generating lasting wealth ; Holistic land planning: designing the ideal layout of facilities for a grazing operation ; Holistic planned grazing: getting animals to the right place, at the right time, and with the right behavior ; Holistic policy development: creating sound policies ; Holistic research orientation: orienting research to management needs -- Completing the feedback loop. Monitoring and controlling your plans to keep management proactive -- Conclusion. A commonsense revolution to restore our environment.
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