This week, 5 Star Land and Livestock hosted the 3rd annual Rangeland Coalition Leadership BBQ. The BBQ brought together ranchers, conservation organization staff and agency leadership along with the Rangeland Coalition Steering Committee. The event drew over 50 attendees to elevate the importance of working rangelands, celebrate Coalition achievements and recommit to working together to achieve the goals outlined in the Rangeland Coalition Strategic Plan.
Participants also engaged in a very interactive dialogue on how that Coalition should be working to enhance the public image of the benefits of livestock grazing and ranching, highlighting the importance of voluntary conservation programs – specifically those funded through the Farm Bill and addressing how grazing can be an effective tool to manage public lands. There was also discussion on how to share the voluntary incentive programs with additional ranchers, address barriers to voluntary conservation and more. It was also noted that the Coalition should continue to serve as forum for people to meet, to solve issues, and to showcase the value of working rangelands.
Rangeland Coalition Steering Committee
The Steering Committee will meet in Davis on May 1. For more information on this committee please contact Pelayo Alvarez firstname.lastname@example.org
Rangeland Coalition Legislative Committee
The Rangeland Coalition will be headed to Washington, D.C. for meetings on April 17 and 18 with agency leadership and elected officials. This year the Coalition will be represented by ranchers, the California Cattlemen’s Association, Claifornia Rangeland Trust and The Nature Conservancy. The topics of meeting will focus on Farm Bill, estate tax and conservation tax incentives. For additional information please contact Tracy Schohr at email@example.com.
Rangeland Coalition Field Trip: Rominger Brothers Farm/ Turkovich Vineyards May 4, 2012 Winters, Calif.
Rominger Brothers Farms is a progressive, diversified family farm and ranch located in Yolo county. As stewards of the land, the Romingers have implemented several conservation practices and have integrated sheep grazing as part of their operation. Turkovich Vineyards produce several wine varietals in western Yolo county and use sheep grazing for weed control. Learn from the owners and experts from NRCS, UCCE and the California Woolgrower’s Association about a variety of topics including sheep ranching in California, manipulating grazing behavior to control invasive species, implementing NRCS practices (AWEP and EQIP) to improve ecosystem services, crop-livestock integration, diversification and agricultural sustainability. Space is limited please RSVP to Pelayo Alvarez firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information click here.
New Published Research Shows Benefit of Grazing for Wildlife
An article in the December issue of the Journal of Wildlife Management summarizes 10 years of data on the effects of grazing and invasive grasses on desert vertebrates in California. The research was conducted by David Germano, Calif. State University, Bakersfield; Galen Rathbun, California Academy of Sciences; and Larry Saslaw, Bureau of Land Management. The species studied included: - Blunt-nosed leopard lizards (Gambelia sila), - Giant kangaroo rats (Dipodomys ingens), - Short-nosed kangaroo rats (Dipodomys nitratoides nitratoides), - San Joaquin antelope squirrels (Ammospermophilus nelsoni), - Western whiptail lizards (Aspidoscelis tigris); - Side-blotched lizards (Uta stansburiana); - San Joaquin pocket mice (Perognathus inornatus inornatus); and - Heermann’s kangaroo rats (Dipodomys heermanni). In 2010, the California Rangeland Conservation Coalition Summit featured a presentation by Saslaw, Bureau of Land Management one of the co-authors of the paper. His talk titled “Managing Endangered Species Habitat with Livestock Grazing in Western Kern County,” was based on the research featured in this article. To read the research paper click here.
Leopold Conservation Award Environmental Stewardship Tour April 20, 2012 Sunol, Calif.
You are invited to participate in a ranch tour of the 2011 Leopold Conservation Award Winner, Tim Koopmann and family. The event is set to take place on Friday, April 20 at the Koopmann Ranch in Sunol, Calif. The tour will highlight how ranchers conservation practices on an urban edge can produce quality food, enhance air and water quality, improve wildlife habitat and more. For additional information on this event click here.
Cal-Pac Society for Range Management Spring Tour April 13-14, 2012 Butte and Sutter Counties
There is still space available for the Cal-Pac Society for Range Management spring tour in the Sutter Buttes. The tour will feature the natural history of the Sutter Buttes and a discussion of Ecological Site Descriptions on California Annual grasslands. This is a great opportunity to see rare volcanic landscapes on limited access private ranch lands. A banquet and social event by a Certified Executive Chef featuring local food is also offered. For agenda and registration click here.
“Colusa County Grown” Marketing Campaign The Colusa County Resource Conservation District (CCRCD), working under funding from a USDA Farmers Market Promotion Program (FMPP) grant, is beginning work on an exciting new project called COLUSA COUNTY GROWN. This project will promote Colusa County agricultural products using two strategies: a cohesive and recognizable brand for locally grown products and a consumer education campaign that highlights the benefits of purchasing local food. If you are a producer that is interested in participating, or if you have questions, please contact the Colusa County Resource Conservation District at 530.458.2931 x3, or email: email@example.com
Audubon California Spring Hikes
Audubon California is offering hikes of their Bobcat Ranch, 6,800 acre property managed with livestock grazing is and is home tovariety of wildlife, including the lark sparrow, golden eagle, Lewis’ woodpecker, oak titmouse, Nuttall’s woodpecker and yellow-billed magpie, as well as bobcat, mountain lion, black-tailed deer and black bear.
Saturday, April 21, 8:30 a.m.hike led by Valerie Calegari, Director, Audubon’s Landowner Stewardship Program. firstname.lastname@example.org. 916-416-7011. This hike will be up Bray Canyon, a steep climb that follows an ephemeral creek. The terrain is uneven, and there are some obstacles. The hike will be about 2 hours. Heavy rain will cancel, so please call Valerie if you have any questions.
Sunday, April 22 - 3:00 p.m. hike led by Carissa Koopmann Audubon’s Bobcat Ranch Manager. email@example.com 530-795-4116 or 925-216-0615 This hike will be in the afternoon and will be from the ranch headquarters through the rolling hills and oak woodlands. Terrain is fairly level, with gradual climbs and descents. The hike will last about 2 hours.
California Native Grasslands Association Field Trips
The California Native Grasslands Association (CNGA) is hosting a series of workshops and field trips this spring. Topics include improving land health and profitability, grassland restoration, plant identification and more. Field trips to Sonoma County grasslands, Boggs Lake Ecological Reserve, Rancho de las Flores and more. For more information click here.
Open Space Conference May 10, 2012 San Francisco, Calif.
Registration is now open for the Open Space Conference to be held at the Golden Gate Club in the Presidio. The conferce will focus on Crossing Bridges & Creating Possibilities and celebrating the Golden Gate Bridge's 75th anniversary. Click here for more information.
Internship Opportunity Point Reyes National Park Service
This internship is an opportunity for youth aged 18-25 to get exposure to and experience working in natural resources management within the National Park Service (NPS). Specifically, the intern will work with the range management program and the habitat restoration program. Approximately one-third of the Seashore’s land permits ranchers to continue their traditional agricultural operations. The intern will assist with various projects taking place on park rangelands, which may include mapping (using GPS/GIS) and monitoring of range resources such as vegetation, water features and fence lines, as well as construction, repair and/or removal of fence lines. For more information click here.