Hi Soil-Age Friends and Colleagues,
I’m excited to say that the first soil samples for carbon testing have been collected at the ACHM game ranch in Zimbabwe where I’m staying for six weeks. We took samples from the “two tree” site that was fully desertified in 2004 (and for decades prior), and restored thereafter with holistically managed livestock.
Caption: Soil samples drying in the sun. These will be sent to a lab in Harare.
“Two Tree” site, now fully covered in perennial plants (seen here, Heteropogon Contortus, H. contortus.) In 2004, and for decades before, it was a desert. Restored only with holistically managed livestock.
“Two Tree” site as it looks today, completely covered in perennials. The foreground is predominantly Heteropogon Contortus, H. contortus, a mid-succession perennial. Under the mopane tree, along with yours truly, is a patch of Panicum Maximum, P. maximum, a late successional. Savory refers to these plants as indicators of a “climax” ecosystem. Their roots can be 3 meters.
Here’s how the “Two Tree” site looked in 2004 and for decades prior. Even the annuals were unable to grow. The landscape is entirely transformed and gets better every year. As it does, more and more carbon will be sequestered.