I found the pasture management stuff surprisingly technical. And a little dull. I think my eyes glazed over a bit, but possibly 'cause it doesn't apply much to my situation. I just read the e-book on pastured chickens and that was more suited to me. I realize I need to make my pasture smaller and move the fencing more often. The girls have eradicated all clover and dandelion in their yard. My main coop is permanent and it's positioned on the edge of our property - I can't put paddocks all around it.
I really liked the cold climates section as well. Did you read the thing about using rats to gather grains? WTF?! He goes too far. I have found small caches of sunflower seed in funny places in my basement. But I squirm at the idea of eating them.
I definitely learned some stuff in the cold climates section. Making lenses from ice. Really? And the avalanche stuff was really interesting. No mountains here though. The fire stuff was interesting, but again, not something we worry about too much here. Sadly, there's so much open ground (and often bare soil) that spreading fires are almost never a concern. I can't think of one instance.
Overall, I think I got more out of the first half of the chapter, but this is one I know I'll come back to in the future.
Spring update: We've had several inches of rain the last 2-3 days. My mid-slope house had 3-4 inches of water in the basement this morning. All that ground water flowing around and under my basement was flowing through the drain tile and in to our sump crock faster than the pump could push it out. Crazy. Be glad you don't have a basement. They're overrated.