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March 13, 2017

Rangeland In the News

Public agencies, municipalities and other private landowners increasingly turn to ranchers to graze their properties because they see the benefits of using livestock to manage vegetation, especially as a way to prevent wildfires. Read about Andree and Bianca Soares’ and their vegetation management service – sheep and goats.

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.

(Submit your own outreach stories for sharing here.)

View 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 and local range and grazing research updates from U.S. Forest Service and UCCE. More details and registration site coming soon

3. Late April – Merced County Vernal Pools!

Visit a private ranch and learn about its conservation easement.

4.  Late Spring,  Hosted by Hopland Research & Extension Center 

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


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

Livestock’s Contributions to Climate Change: Facts and Fiction. A white paper, defining the role animal agriculture and other sectors of society play in their respective contribution of greenhouse gases, as the societal concerns grow to seek a sustainable global future. Frank Mitloehner, Professor & Air Quality Specialist, Department of Animal Science, University of California, Davis.  “Environmental advances (for the livestock community) have been the result of continued research and advances in animal genetics, precision nutrition, as well as animal care and health.” Read his comment about Meatless Mondays.

CAL FIRE is currently accepting concept grant proposals for projects that may include reforestation, fuel reduction, pest management, conservation, and biomass utilization intended to increase forest health, increase carbon storage in forests, reduce wildfire emissions and protect upper watersheds. Proposals by April 7.

  Workshops / Forums

NEW!  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.   San Mateo RCD. 1500 Purissima Creek Road, Half Moon Bay.  RSVP  required by March 15: adria@sanmateoRCD.org   

NEW!  Southern San Joaquin Valley UCCE: Medusahead Management Workshop, May 2, noon-3pm.  Exeter. $15. Registration will open soon. 661-868-6219 or  jafinzel@ucanr.edu.

NEW! Beginning Farmer Academy, April 7-8, Auburn. Limited class size. Intensive introduction to starting a small commercial farm or ranch.

NEW!  UCCE, Tulare: Medusahead Management Workshop: May 2,noon-12:30pm. Tulare. $15. Medusahead lifecycle, control, economics, real-life stories from the field. 661-868-6219

Rustici Rangeland Science Symposium, March 23-24, UC Davis (CRCC Signatory). Submit  poster abstracts (250 words max). A presentation: Bi-State Sage Grouse Local Area Working Group: Voluntary Partnership Rather than Regulatory Driven Conservation. Steve Lewis, Extension Educator, University of Nevada Cooperative Extension; Steve Fulstone, Rancher and Member of the Bridgeport Ranchers Organization

Holistic Management training is now online. 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. 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.

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. funding for scholarships is welcomed.


Rangeland Watershed Initiative Partner BiologistsRedding and Mariposa, CA.  Two positions open with Point Blue Conservation Science in partnership with NRCS.  Apply by March 15th.