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February 12

Resources 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. Livestock Protection Tools for California Ranchers. This new guide is published by UC Agriculture and Natural Resource advisors. Lions and Horses and Wolves, Oh My!   CRCC appreciates each participant and these Sponsors, especially co-sponsor, University of California Agriculture and Natural Resources Summit Photography Entries are posted. Plan now to enter next Summit.   The Summit presentations are posted. Here is the Coyote topic. Stephanie Larsen, Sonoma County UCCE shares Coyotes – Non-lethal control, which includes evaluation of the Marin County Livestock Protection Program, animal management and non-lethal protection strategies and more.   Related Reading about Coyotes   UCANR’s New mobile app to track close encounters with coyotes Basic Facts from the National Trappers Association How the Most Hated Animal in America Outwitted Us All – National Geographic If you missed the Summit, please consider a donation.  Workshops 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....

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...

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...

January 2, 2018

2018 SUMMIT – January 16-17 – Register now! Robert Cabral Ag Center,  2101 E Earhart Ave, Stockton Lions and Horses and Wolves, Oh My! – Policy and Management of Wildlife Conflict on Rangelands Co-sponsor, University of California Agriculture and Natural Resources Photo Contest (enter now) sponsored by Point Blue Conservation Science Poster Session  and   Booths Full Agenda Tuesday, January 16 – Presentations, Discussions, Dinner, Conservation Film Festival Keynote Speaker – Wally Roney, Northern California Rancher & Conservationist: “Ranching with Wildlife, Conserving Habitat on Working Lands” Presentations – Feral Pigs, Coyotes, Wild Horses, Mountain Lions, Wolves    Stewardship with Vision, a Western Landowners Alliance Film Festival Lunch & Dinner provided by San Joaquin Stanislaus CattleWomen Wednesday, January 17 – Morning Workshops Advocating Effective  Rangeland Policy – Western Landowners Alliance Rangeland Management Advisory Committee Workshop (advisors to Board of Forestry) Is Living with Wolves an Ecosystem Service? Registration   Sponsorships  (pay online or by check) Add your name to this growing list of sponsors. CRCC is very grateful to all sponsors and each participant. Contact: karensweet@carangeland.org   Positions American Farmland Trust (CRCC Signatory): Conservation and Stewardship Program Manager Humboldt State University, Arcata, CA: lecturer to teach RRS 370 Wildland Ecology Principles and RRS 306 Wildland Resource Principles and support soil labs, starting January 22,2018. Be mentored by the current chair of the California Certified Rangeland Manager panel and Associate Editor for Rangeland Ecology & Management. We are very optimistic about hiring a tenure track rangeland management faculty member in the upcoming cycle. M.S. degree in Rangeland Ecology and Management, Ph.D. degree completed or near completion preferred.  Contact Susan Edinger Marshall: sem11@humboldt.edu    ...

December 12, 2017

2018 SUMMIT – January 16-17   Robert Cabral Ag Center,  2101 E Earhart Ave, Stockton Lions and Horses and Wolves, Oh My! – Policy and Management of Wildlife Conflict on Rangelands Co-sponsor, University of California Agriculture and Natural Resources Full Agenda Tuesday, January 16 – Presentations, Dinner, Conservation Film Festival Keynote Speaker – Wally Roney, Northern California Rancher & Conservationist: “Ranching with Wildlife, Conserving Habitat on Working Lands” Presentations – Feral Pigs, Coyotes, Wild Horses, Mountain Lions, Wolves    Stewardship with Vision, a Western Landowners Alliance Film Festival Photo Contest, sponsored by Point Blue Conservation Science Poster Session     Booths Lunch & Dinner provided by San Joaquin Stanislaus CattleWomen and Wednesday, January 17 – Morning Workshops Summit Details and registration (soon to be live) Sponsorships   Contact: karensweet@carangeland.org   Summit – Related Information UC Rangelands Predator Hub.   Predators and grazing livestock rely upon rangeland habitats throughout California (and much of the world), and so livestock-predator conflicts are perhaps inevitable. The Livestock-Predator Information Hub is designed to provide research-based information for rangeland livestock producers and wildlife managers on mitigating and managing potential conflicts. Livestock Protection Tools – Part 1. Dan Macon, UCANR.  “Over the next several months, my Ranching in the Sierra Foothills blog will highlight information from a forthcoming UC publication on livestock protection tools. These blog posts, which reflect both research-based knowledge and real-world experience, are intended to help ranchers and small-scale livestock owners evaluate the types of tools that may fit their site-specific needs.” 3 Steps to Take When Finding a Suspected Livestock Predator Kill.  Tracy Schohr, UCANR.  “When you encounter a suspected livestock kill, it is important to...

June 30

  2018 SUMMIT – January 16-17  – Save the Date! Out on the Range Van Duzen Environmental Stewards (YES).  The Van Duzen River basin ranges from 62 feet to 5,096 feet above sea level. Its headwaters begin in the mountains of the California Coastal Range, and flow through oak woodlands, grasslands, and lower elevation redwood forest before joining the Eel River seventeen miles north of Eureka. The watershed supports important agricultural and timber operations and important fisheries for the threatened and endangered anadromous (freshwater/saltwater) salmon. The video explains how ranching and forestry work together to sustain the 5-7 generation Moore family. (Provided by Partners for Conservation, a landowner organization.) Resources PDF version of the 4th edition of the new Soil Survey Manual is here.    Sasha Gennett (The Nature Conservancy, a CRCC Signatory) new research in California: moderate levels of livestock grazing supports grassland native plants and songbirds in annual grassland systems.  “We have a starting point in the literature now.”  Land Stewardship Award Program Nominations are Open Leopold Conservation Award Program: recognizes private landowners for extraordinary achievement in voluntary conservation, leadership and outreach. July 14 deadline. Governor’s Office seeks applications for the 2017 Governor’s Environmental and Economic Leadership Awards, the state’s highest environmental honor. The award honors individuals, organizations, and businesses for demonstrated exceptional leadership and made notable, voluntary contributions in conserving California’s precious resources, protecting and enhancing our environment, building public-private partnerships, and strengthening the state’s economy. Applications due Friday, August 11.  Workshops / Forums CDFA is accepting public and stakeholder comments on the draft Request for Grant Applications and materials for the Healthy Soils Program  Incentives Program until July...