Visit the Carbon Cycle Institute website for more information about their work
Estill Ranch is working with the Carbon Cycle Institute and the Modoc office of NRCS — National Recource Conservation Service — to develop a Carbon Farm Plan. We started our compost operation and are excited about using the manure, hay and straw, and juniper chips produced on the ranch in this closed loop compost operation. We are now fully certified as a Climate Beneficial ranch, producing Climate Beneficial Wool. The compost operation is just one practice that we are using to become a true Carbon Farm. Other practices in the planning stages include wind breaks, creek restoration, water developments, rotational grazing practices, and increased use of no till farming practices.
For a more detailed explanation of the diagram, visit the United States Carbon Cycle Science Program.
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The Earth’s Carbon Cycle is the biogeochemical exchange of carbon between the earth’s five main physical “spheres”—atmosphere, biosphere, pedosphere, hydrosphere and lithosphere. Human activity—including burning of fossil fuels, but also the “mining” of our soils—has radically altered carbon’s movement between these spheres, resulting in large net increases in carbon in both the atmosphere and hydrosphere, with consequent negative impacts on global climate and biological systems. Carbon Cycle Institute is dedicated to halting and reversing these imbalances through identification of human practices that restore natural cycles and that, if taken to scale, can increase carbon sequestration and reduce GHG emissions.