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February 24, 2017

Home on the Range

“Snedden Ranch CattleWomen help small family business thrive for 150 years in Kern County.  It’s easy to imagine a cowboy on a horse herding cattle. However, you may not always imagine a woman doing the same, but they do. They’re the women who help put food on your dinner table. Snedden Ranch is home to some of those cattle women. The ranch is seven generations strong and going.” Watch these women in action.

Have you seen the 2017 Summit contest photos?  

Thank you for  sharing our  goal –  to keep rangelands working and healthy.  Your financial commitment to support the Coalition and the Summit is much appreciated!  Donate here!

 Rangeland Summit TOUR

Synthesizing new knowledge on rangeland ecosystem functions and services

Thursday, April 13, 2017, 8:30 am – 3:00 pm

REGISTER NOW – Space is Limited – $30

Host and Co-sponsor: UC Sierra Foothill Research and Extension Center,  

A Presentation Preview: Economic impacts of medusahead on beef cattle production. Jeremy James, Director of the Sierra Foothill Research and Extension Center, has initiated a multi-year project to evaluate direct economic impacts medusahead may have on beef cattle production.  Part of the tour will  be spent on pastures where cattle are currently grazing pastures with medusahead abundance varying from 10 to 60% and effects of medusahead on cattle performance, carrying capacity and  agricultural production will be discussed.

Resources

Infographic – Cattle Ranching in California a useful communications tool. Understanding the complex connection of California ranching to food production is a challenge for many in the state. As shared in this recent article by Sheila Barry on cattle ranching in California, there are a lot of ecological benefits to the state’s number one land. The article was shared here before.

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Workshops / Forums

“Making Riparian Restoration Climate Smart” on March 1, 11am – 12p.m. Webinar co-sponsored by Point Blue Conservation Science and the California Landscape Conservation Cooperative.

Sustainable Ag Lands Conservation Program Draft Guidelines Released for public comments by March 17th. DOC will also host a workshop on the program guidelines on March 2nd.

Rustici Rangeland Science Symposium, March 23-24, UC Davis (CRCC Signatory). The goal of this event is to engage ranchers, land managers, researchers, and policymakers in co-developing actionable science for sustainable rangelands. The symposium will focus on partnerships surrounding a variety of topics. Speaker Highlight – Sediment and Salmon: Ranch Management Strategies to Conserve Habitat. Dina Moore, Rancher and Member of the Yager/Van Duzen Environmental Stewards (YES)’ ​David Lewis, Advisor, UC Cooperative Extension

Holistic Management training in now online, starting March 1.The next Whole Farm/Ranch Land Management Series at Paicines Ranch starts March 24.

Cal-Pac Chapter Society for Range Management (CRCC Signatory):  April 4-5 , Science of Rangeland Soil Health & Management Implications – Workshop, field trip to soil pits and compost site and tour of rangeland soils along the Putah Creek alluvial fan from the Coast Range to the Sacramento River. Rush Ranch, Suisun City. Open to all. Chapter meeting – Become a member.

Central Coast Rangeland Coalition Spring 2017 Gathering, April 20. (CRCC Signatory)(focus on targeted/prescribed grazing,

Elkhorn Slough National Estuarine Research ReserveEcology of the California Tiger Salamander, May 18. $475 includes a classroom session on May 18 at the Elkhorn Slough Reserve, and enrollment in one of two training sessions either May 18, 4:30-8:30 (directly after the workshop portion) or May 19, 9:00 – 1:00.

Soil Ecology Society: Ecology of Soil Summit, June 5-9, Fort Collins, CO. Abstracts welcomed now.

Positions

Point Blue Rangeland Watershed Initiative Partner Biologists, Redding and Mariposa.(CRCC Signatory) The Rangeland Watershed Initiative Partner Biologist is a partnership position between NRCS and Point Blue Conservation Science that focuses on providing value added delivery of wildlife conservation programs on working lands through Farm Bill and other federal and state funding programs.

UCCE (2):  Livestock and Natural Resources Advisor to cover Nevada County, Placer County, Sutter County, Yuba County. Apply by Feb 27. Forestry and Natural Resources advisor for  Shasta County, Siskiyou County, Trinity County

Resource Conservation District of Tehama County (CRCC Signatory): Project Manager I.  Applications accepted until filled.