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February 19

Rangeland Wildfire Reading

As 2017 wildfire season devastates, California ranchers persist come hell or high water. See page 24 of California Cattleman magazine read how ranchers across the state move past their wildfire experiences.

When Wildfire Hits the Ranch: Lesson Learned from the Thomas Fire, Ventura & Santa Barbara counties. Submit stories and subscribe to the Fire Adapted Communities Learning Newsletter, supported by Promoting Ecosystem Resilience and Fire Adapted Communities Together, a cooperative agreement between The Nature Conservancy, USDA Forest Service and agencies of the Department of the Interior through a subaward to The Watershed Research and Training Center.

Lions and Horses and Wolves, Oh My!  Summit links

Generous Sponsors

Summit Photography Entries. Plan now to enter next Summit.  

The Summit presentations. Here is the wild horse topic.

Wild Horse Impact of Springs and Seeps on the Modoc National Forest Laura Snell, UCCE Modoc County

How Policy Has Shaped Wild Horse Management for Nearly 40 Years Shane Starr, District Representative for Congressman Doug LaMalfa

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

More Reading about Wild Horses  

Bureau of Land Management’s Wild Horses and Burro Program website.  Fact sheets, adoption program, and more. Infographic.

If you missed the Summit, please consider a donation.


UCCE San Joaquin Valley Livestock Symposium:  Wednesday, Feb 21, – McCay Hall, Catheys Valley, 1:00-5:30 pm.   Thursday, Feb 22,Kearney Research and Extension Center, Parlier, 2:00-6:30 pm.  Thursday, February 22, 2018 from 8 am – 12 pm, 1031 S. Mount Vernon Ave, Bakersfield,  8:00 am – 12:00 pm. $15 pre-registration. Details & agenda are on the registration links above.

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.


Need a little nature break? Live cam of bald eagle nest and hatched chicks near Big Bear Lake,  Courtesy of Friends of Big Bear Valley and Big Bear Eagle Nest Cam

CalFlora (CRCC Signatory) resource: There is a new version of Dynamic Plant Lists for Parks, organized by county. This page just shows State Parks and National Parks. There are similar lists available for many county parks and open space areas.  You can help document the plants found in a park by contributing plant observations. (spprt@calflora.org)


Positions at resource conservation districts:

Alameda County  (CRCC Signatory):  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.

Thank you for your own Rangeland Conservation efforts across this large state to achieve this common goal.  Together, we work to preserve working rangelands, support the long-term viability of the ranching community, and protect and enhance California rangelands for their multiple benefits. This unique partnership encompasses the expertise of rangeland managers, ecologists, grassland wildlife experts and ranchers who seek to inform the public about the importance of California’s rangelands.    


“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.)