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January 26 E-update

Forbes Magazine article includes CRCC perspective, quotes Mark Kramer, The Nature Conservancy and Lynn Huntsinger, UC Berkeley. Cattle Ranchers Join Conservationists to Save Endangered Species and Rangelands.   Diane Hembree, the author states  The partnership between ranchers and conservationists in Idaho (and the West) is part of a national trend — and one that may help keep ranchers themselves off the endangered species list. (Note, Diane attended the Summit.)   

Lions and Horses and Wolves, Oh My! Policy and Management of Wildlife Conflict on Rangelands Summit was a successful day and a half of information, conversation, and networking among rangeland colleagues!

CRCC appreciates each participant and these Sponsors, especially co-sponsor, University of California Agriculture and Natural Resources

If you missed the Summit, please consider a donation.

The Summit presentations are posted at UCANR’s site.

The first one shares results from the California Wild Pig Survey and describes the new Mobile App available for you, too to track and report wild pig issues. Presenter: John Harper, UCCE Livestock & Range Advisor, Mendocino & Lake Counties

Related Reading about Feral Pigs

Pigs (Sus scrofa) are native to Eurasia and northern Africa. In the early 1700s Spanish and Russian settlers introduced domestic pigs to California as livestock and many became feral. In the 1920s a Monterey county landowner introduced the European wild boar, a wild subspecies of Sus scrofa into California, which bred with the domestic pigs. The result of these introductions is a wild boar/feral domestic pig hybrid.

Wild Pig Management Program, CDFW.

University of California, Integrated Pest Management.

USDA Feral Swine Resources. Impacts, Disease, Management, and more

Workshops

Feb 20, Santa Maria. Knocking Out Noxious Weeds Workshop, designed for ranchers and land managers it covers many valuable topics. CEU: 4 for DPR, SRM is pending.

Feb 20-21, Chester, CA. Free. Introduction to Range Riding Workshop. Just for livestock producers it will explore range riding and other strategies to reduce wolf-livestock conflicts. Experts will share their perspectives on the benefits and myths of range riding, wildlife behavior and tracking, predator-prey interactions, carcass management, field necropsies and more. Meals and lodging are included, but space is limited and registration is required. For more information or to register, please contact Pamela Flick at 916-442-5746 or pflick@defenders.org. We hope you can join us for what promises to be an informative session!

Do you check CRCC Facebook Page?  We share posts of interest from our CRCC Signatories and others.

Positions

Volunteer for the California Range Management Advisory Committee (RMAC, advisory to the State Board of Forestry) seeks a member to  represent general public and professional interests. 1-day  meetings 4x per year in Sacramento (travel expenses reimbursed by the state).  What is desired is a good familiarity and personal competence with rangeland practices and issues in the state, and the ability to intermittently invest time in assisting with projects and activities outside of meetings. A CRM would be particularly desirable.  Contact Chair, Marc Horney, Ph.D. (rangelandgst@gmail.com). If you would like to get in the queue for consideration, please e-mail your resume and a cover letter expressing your interest to Edith Hannigan, Board of Forestry.

UC Rangelands: Rangeland Science Summer Interns. Apply by March 30.  Interns will help complete field and lab work and will gain experience collaborating with various rangeland resource stakeholders, including livestock producers, UC Cooperative Extension advisors and specialists, and US Forest Service staff.

UCANR: Project Scientist to work at Sierra Foothill Research and Extension Center and Eastern Oregon Agricultural Research Center, investigating biotic and abiotic drivers of native plant recruitment on degraded intermountain rangeland and identifying potential management action that can be used to improve restoration efforts. Apply by Feb 16.

 Resource

“Rangeland” means land on which the existing vegetation, whether growing naturally or through management, is suitable for grazing or browsing of domestic livestock for at least a portion of the year. Rangeland includes any natural grasslands, savannas, shrublands (including chaparral), deserts, wetlands, and woodlands (including Eastside ponderosa pine, pinyon, juniper, and oak) which support a vegetative cover of native grasses, grasslike plants, forbs, shrubs, or naturalized species.” (CA Public Resources Code section 4789.2 e.)