The Forest Stewards Guild and Jan-Willem Jansens of Ecotone Landscape Planning kick off a series of three webinars on how to improve soil health in piñon-juniper (PJ) ecosystems. Glorieta Freedom Ranch, south of Glorieta, features as the demo site for all three webinars. We thank the New Mexico Department of Agriculture’s Soil Health Program and Glorieta Freedom Ranch for generously sponsoring the webinars.

  1. The first webinar (Thursday, August 13) is geared to everyone who wants to learn more about PJ ecosystems and soil interactions.
  2. The second webinar (Thursday, August 27) will focus on measuring (“monitoring”) vegetation and soil conditions.
  3. The third webinar (Thursday, September 10) will focus on land management solutions to improve soil health in support of PJ woodland health.

The webinars will address 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, for example in support of erosion control, grass regeneration, and PJ ecosystem health. Participants 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 webinars will introduce Five Soil Health Principles and demonstrate how to conduct simple terrain measurements and soil observations to evaluate soil health conditions.

Each webinar stands on its own. However, because each webinar builds on the previous one, they form a series.

All webinar start at 12:00 noon and ends at 1:30 pm, via Zoom. Registration is required. We also request that you complete a brief baseline survey at the time of registration. For more information and registration, please contact

  • When: Thursday August 13, August 27 & September 10, 2020 noon - 1:30pm MT
  • Where: Online via Zoom
  • Cost: Free
  • Contact: For more information and registration, please contact