Soil Carbon Challenge baseline tour 2012: New Mexico

Peter is available in February to do Soil Carbon Challenge baselines, as well as talks or workshops about the carbon cycle, in New Mexico and Arizona. Contact him at 541-263-1888 (central or mountain time).


The Soil Carbon Challenge is a competition to recognize land managers for increasing water-holding, production-enhancing soil organic matter, based on measured performance on small, representative plots over 3-10 year spans. It is not a carbon "offset" scheme, nor academically focused research. It is first and foremost monitoring to give feedback to interested land managers, to recognize success where it occurs, and to show what's possible.

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DISCOVERING THE CARBON CYCLE -- a presentation/workshop

Most of what we hear about carbon, and the global carbon cycle, is threatening and negative. It's a bad situation, and we don't seem to have much power or leverage over it.

All of our environmental and economic issues depend on the ways carbon and water move, on every scale from the square foot of soil surface to the entire globe. Human decisions have an enormous influence on the way these cycles function. And underlying human decisions are our beliefs, often based on past experience and training.

Peter Donovan has been establishing soil carbon baseline measurements on progressive and innovative ranches and farms across the continent,
and is currently traveling south along the eastern U.S. doing the same. He will tell the fascinating and little-known story of the discovery of the carbon cycle, its relation to water, describe what some of these innovative ranchers and farmers are doing to enhance
these functions, and facilitate a discussion on ways to take advantage of these enormous opportunities.

Said a workshop participant, "Peter's work is not what I expected - and it was phenomenally interesting, thought-provoking, challenging
and deeply inspiring."