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February 2

Rangeland in the News

How A Skeptical Rancher In Rural California Embraced Green-Friendly Farming — With Help From A Popular Outdoors Brand.  This collaboration focuses on sheep ranching economics and land conservation. Fibershed, a CRCC Signatory, connects farmers and ranchers with textile companies and land conservation opportunities. Read what happened when Lani Estill and her family agreed to incorporate climate-friendly farming practices that at the same time would also keep the farm in Modoc County economically viable. (Capitol Public Radio)

Lions and Horses and Wolves, Oh My! Policy and Management of Wildlife Conflict on Rangelands Summit  

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

The Summit presentations are posted. Here are the Mountain Lion Ones.

When Things go Wrong: Depredation causes and contexts. Veronica Yovovich, Mountain Lion Foundation

Mountain Lion Policy and Research, Justin Dellinger, CA Dept. of Fish & Wildlife

Related Reading about Mountain Lions

How a fear of humans affects the lives of California’s mountain lions study by UC Santa Cruz and the Santa Cruz Puma Project.

If you missed the Summit, please consider a donation.

Summit Photography Entries are posted.

Resource

Guide to the Pasture Plants of Coastal San Mateo County. The beautiful guide was produced in partnership with Point Blue Conservation Service, TomKat Ranch, San Mateo Resource Conservation District, and Peninsula Open Space Trust.

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.  

CNPS (CRCC Signatory) announces 2018 Plant Science Training schedule.

Positions

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.

Alameda County Resource Conservation District Resource (CRCC Signatory):  Resource Conservationist II/Stream Restoration and Maintenance Specialist.  Apply by Feb 21.

Napa, Solano, Upper Salinas – Las Tablas: RCDs

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.

“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.)