The Carbon Ranch Project began in November, 2010, with the Quivira Coalition's 9th Annual Conference in Albuquerque, New Mexico, which was titled The Carbon Ranch: Using Food and Stewardship to Build Soil and Fight Climate Change. It was inspired by recent research on the role grasslands can play in sequestering CO2 in soils. The conference drew nearly 500 people from across the West. A prominent feature was the map that we produced for the event, which became the basis for the Carbon Ranch Project.
As part of the conference, Courtney White wrote an essay on the Carbon Ranch which was published in Quivira's Journal in December, 2010. A shortened version was published in Rangelands magazine in April, 2011.
- The Carbon Ranch by Courtney White (original version)
- The Carbon Ranch (abridged, published in Rangelands)
- "Mitigating Climate Change Through Food and Land Use." By Sara J. Scherr and Sajal Sthapit. WorldWatch Report no. 179. WorldWatch Institute, Washington, D.C. 2009.
- "The Back Forty Down Under: Adapting Farming to Climate Variability." By Christine Jones. Published in the Quivira Coalition Journal, vol. 35, February, 2010.
- "Review of Evidence on Drylands Pastoral Systems and Climate Change: Implications and Opportunities for Mitigation and Adaptation." Edited by C. Neely, S. Bunning and A. Wilkes. Land and Water Discussion Paper no. 8, FAO, Rome, 2009.
- "Working with Carbon on the Ranney Ranch: the Interplay of Range Management, Grassfed Beef, Wind and Biomass." by Nancy Ranney (an essay version of her presentation at the Conference, published in Quivira's Journal)
Key Presentations from the Conference:
Sara Scherr, EcoAgriculture Partners:
Constance Neely, land and livestock consultant:
John Wick and Jeffrey Creque of the Marin Carbon Project: