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April 26.  Read about the Sparling Ranch. Last call for several workshops and Range Camp. Don’t forget to photograph California’s beautiful working rangelands.

April 16. Partners for Conservation’s Report: Evaluating Lessons Learned from Collaborative Sage-Grouse Conservation – a must read!  Cattle Ranchers Join Conservationists To Save Endangered Species And Rangelands, Forbes magazine.  (CRCC’s Mark Kramer is quoted, as is Dr. Lynn Huntsinger.)

April 9 Using InVEST to assess ecosystem services on conserved properties in Sonoma County.  Read UC Rangelands Blog by Ken Tate: Grazing Management to Improve Soil Health.

 

Publications of Interest.  See also Resources Page.

The  California Rangeland Resolution. Existing and new Signatories are invited to affirm this revision that expands CRCC’s sphere of interests in all California rangelands.  

California’s Working Landscapes – Annual Rangelands Fact Sheet,   a resource for better understanding and decision-making.

Bring in the cows – Grazing may be the best hope for a threatened butterfly introduces Dr. Stu Weiss’ Summit topic.“Smog contains not just carbon dioxide but also a cocktail of nitrogen-rich compounds. Swept by the winds onto nearby rangelands, these compounds act like spray-on fertilizer, encouraging the rampant growth of Italian rye, wild oats and soft chess. Left unchecked, these aggressive annuals quickly overrun low-lying native plants, including dwarf plantain, the chief food source for Bay checkerspot caterpillars. And this, of course, is where the cows come in.”

Sustaining Ecosystem Services From Private Lands in California: The Role of the Landowner. This paper describes the changing landownership patterns and what it means for efforts to increase and sustain ecosystem service production from private lands. By Shasta Ferranto, Lynn Huntsinger, and Maggi Kelly

UC Cooperative Extension: Rangeland and Irrigated Pasture Information provides California rangeland & irrigated pasture producers and land managers with a significant portal into the internet-based information.

The California Agriculture journal features wild horses, beef economics, California groundwater issues and more in the new issue of #CaliforniaAgriculture!  See Video introduction.

Dr. Stephanie Larson, UCCE Sonoma and Marin counties shares a useful document to use in outreach efforts.  Impact of Grazing on Endangered Species. Permission of Sonoma County Farm Bureau.

Rangelands, Pasture, Hay Crop…Field Guide to California Agriculture.  “Rangeland. If a single item tends to get lost in a discussion of California agriculture, it is rangeland an its products.  For this there is a reason.  The term ‘rangeland’ is to a large part of the public a kind of obscure default category: whatever isn’t cropland, deep forest, or a subalpine highland is by default considered rangeland.  Actually, even forests are grazed by cattle, who sport turdy bells in the Sierra Nevada or Cascade Range so that they can be tracked in the forest understory.  ….”  Read the geographers’ perspective about and description of  California’s rangelands and related forage production that supports the livestock community and  the land stewardship provided by the livestock.

Cows? In California? Rangelands and Livestock in the Golden State. By Lynn Huntsinger and James W. Bartolome, 2014. Grazing is California’s most extensive land use. The state has more than 40 million ha of land, of which nearly 23 million ha can be considered rangeland. Approximately 47% of these rangelands are owned by the federal government and another 12% by other public agencies. Today’s rancher is part of the fascinating, adaptive new generation that is pursuing rangeland production, and a decent living, in a transforming state. In this paper we offer an introduction to rangelands and livestock production in the “Golden State.”

BE SURE TO CHECK OUT THE GALLERY OF WORKING RANGELAND PHOTOS! Most are from the Summit Photo Contests 

 

 

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