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March 3, 2017


Taking the Range to the Public

March 21 is National Agriculture Day, a day focused on agricultural understanding and appreciation with the public! There are many ways to individually share stories and information, and the website has tools to help.  Read about Darrel Sweet’s recent experience representing the beef community as a panelist on the Protein Panel at Farm Tank and his perspective about outreach. “The need to support and participate in these educational programs is great. It’s up to us to communicate the benefits of modern beef production (and rangeland management) because no one is going to do it for us.”

(Submit your own outreach stories for sharing here.)

Visit the 2017 Summit contest photos  

 Rangeland Summit TOURS

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

 REGISTER NOW – Space is Limited – $30

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

Synthesizing new knowledge on rangeland ecosystem functions and services

A Presentation Preview:  Dr. Sam Sandoval from UC Davis will discuss his research on his statewide work on ground water and aquifer status with a particular emphasis on water quantity and quality management for foothill rangeland.

2. April 15 – Madera County

Host and Co-sponsor: U.S. Forest Service San Joaquin Experimental Range

 Area vernal pools will be in full bloom!

Hear from U.S. Forest Service and Fresno State about their range and grazing partnership

Hear local range and grazing research updates from U.S. Forest Service and UCCE

More details and registration site coming soon


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


2017 Rangeland Summit Presentations are available online, thanks to Theresa Becchetti, University of California Agriculture and Natural Resources, the co-sponsor.

  Workshops / Forums

San Mateo Resource Conservation District: March 21st 4:00-6:30pm: a discussion about what we can do on agricultural lands and in our backyards to remove carbon from the atmosphere.  JEANNE MERRILL – California Climate and Agriculture Network;  NANCY SCOLARI – Marin RCD; KEVIN WATT – TomKat Ranch Educational Foundation  IRINA KOGAN – San Mateo RCDt. 1500 Purissima Creek Road, Half Moon Bay.  RSVP  required by March 15: adria@sanmateoRCD.org

Rustici Rangeland Science Symposium,  March 23-24, UC Davis (CRCC Signatory). Highlight – Collaborative Adaptive Rangeland Management in Semiarid Ecosystems. Dana Bowman, Rancher and member of the Crow Valley Livestock Cooperative, Inc. and Justin Derner, Rangeland Scientist, USDA-Agricultural Research Service will share the Collaborative Adaptive Rangeland Management (CARM) experiment in Colorado. It is a novel effort where an 11 person Stakeholder Group comprised of ranchers, non-government conservation organizations and federal/state land management agencies make ranch-scale adaptive rangeland management decisions.  More information on this research project.   Submit  poster abstracts (250 words max) to gwoodmansee@ucdavis.edu.

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,

CA Native Grassland Association (CRCC Signatory): Identifying and Appreciating Native and Naturalized Grasses of California: Bodega Marine Reserve. May 13. Members have discount!

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 or May 19, 9:00 – 1:00.

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

California Range & Natural Resources Camp Application is Open! Range Camp is an environmental science & management camp for high school students from across California. The June 18-23camp takes place at the University of California’s Elkus Youth Ranch in Half Moon Bay. $450.00, scholarships are available. Apply by April 28.  Brochure.


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: Forestry and Natural Resources advisor for  Shasta County, Siskiyou County, Trinity County.