Piñon-Juniper (PJ) Spot-Thinning Field Guide
This field guide presents recommendations to the selective ("spot") thinning of Piñon and Juniper trees for purposes of ecological restoration of Piñon-Juniper (PJ) savannah and open woodland sites. The guide provides a step-by-step decision process to determine what trees to select for cutting and which ones to leave to optimize ecological health and reduce fire risk.
A Field Guide on the use of Piñon-Juniper (PJ) Materials in Erosion Control Structures
This field guide to the use of erosion control structures made with Piñon-Juniper (PJ) materials gives a detailed explanation of eight different methods for preventing erosion in a way that is both effective and beneficial to the landscape. Using slash from PJ woodland thinning has many benefits, all of which are listed in the introduction of the field guide. Within the text, you will find detailed descriptions and imagery of each of these erosion control structures as well as how to design and construct each one. Find a version in Spanish here.
Wildland Urban Fire Summit Presentation:
Achieving Landscape Scale Piñon-Juniper Ecosystem Treatment Efficiency
This four part series addresses what soil really is, what soil health looks like, and how this relates to erosion, sediment accumulation, water conservation in the soil, and getting plants to grow. You will be introduced to the Five Soil Health Principles and learn how to conduct simple terrain measurements and soil observations to evaluate soil health conditions. The series was presented by Jan-Willem Jansens of Ecotone Landscape Planning, with support from Embudo Valley Library & Community Center, New Mexico Department of Agriculture’s Soil Health Program, and Quivira Coalition.
Watch the four part series here:
Webinar 1: https://youtu.be/1Pnmt-IhyAg
Webinar 2: https://youtu.be/1H1FsCZ-JxA
Webinar 3: https://www.YouTube.com/watch?v=BC6A032fH50
Webinar 4: https://www.YouTube.com/watch?v=eka_tKuws6Q
Healthy Soils Webinar Series
This three part series addresses the ecology of PJ ecosystems, both below and above ground, and what interactions take place between the surface and soil ecology. The webinars will identify local soil conditions and how to improve them. You will learn more about indicators of PJ ecosystem health below and above-ground, erosion and sedimentation in PJ ecosystems, how plants are connected through fungal networks, how the soil microbiome accumulates carbon, to what extent the soil system stores water, and the role of fire. The series was presented by Jan-Willem Jansens of Ecotone Landscape Planning and The Forest Stewards Guild, with support from the New Mexico Department of Agriculture’s Soil Health Program, and Glorieta Freedom Ranch.
Watch the three part series here:
Webinar 1: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yp7MBfHrtEw
Webinar 2: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cEnounsyDZ8
Webinar 3: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p-zArTRmaxI