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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 12. It offers grants to farmers who take action to capture greenhouse gas emissions, such as carbon dioxide, in the soil to help combat climate change.

CRCC’s Facebook page ‘likes’ all of the CRCC Signatories and receives their news feeds. Take a look at their activities and news from all over the state. Like CRCC’s page, too!

CNPS: Spots available in 3 late summer/fall workshops, register now to lock in yours! CNPS is currently accepting abstracts for oral and poster presentations at the February 2018 CNPS  Conservation Conference in LA – deadline July 10.

Cal Poly Swanton Pacific Ranch: Sustainable Rangeland & Livestock Management.  11-day intensive class is intended for ranch/rangeland managers and conservation professionals, as well as students in natural resource, wildlife management, and animal science programs. Focus will be on planning for water quality and wildlife management on rangeland operations, particularly where livestock grazing is involved. Lodging and meals at the ranch are included,  as are views of the Pacific Ocean from the grasslands above. Registration deadline, July 14.  mhorney@calpoly.edu or (805) 756-7543.

The Society for Range Management’s 71st Annual Meeting,Technical Training and Trade Show will be held Jan. 28 to Feb. 2, 2018 at the Nugget Hotel in Sparks, Nevada.  The theme for the 2018 conference is Empowerment through Applied Science.  Proposals for symposia, forums and workshops are due by July 14.  Submit to Kent McAdoo (mcadook@unce.unr.edu)

The Rangeland Resolution – the Coalition’s foundation.

Signatories (see list) to the resolution are invited to affirm their support of the revised Rangeland Resolution, as those below have done.  New Signatories will be welcomed, too. Send a message with contact information to Karen Sweet stating your support of the Rangeland Resolution. That’s all it takes to be added to this list.

Alameda County Resource Conservation District, American Farmland Trust, Audubon California, Cachuma Resource Conservation District, California CattleWomen, California Climate and Agriculture Network, California Council of Land Trusts, California Invasive Plant Council, California Native Grasslands Association, California Oaks Foundation, California Wildlife Foundation, Capella Grazing Project, Central Coast Rangeland Coalition, Contra Costa Resource Conservation District, Full Circle Wool, Institute for Ecological Health, Land Conservancy of San Luis Obispo, Marin Resource Conservation District, Pepperwood Preserve, Placer Land Trust, Point Blue Conservation Science, Santa Barbara County CattleWomen, Sequoia Riverlands Trust, Sierra Business Council, Sonoma Ecology Center, Sustainable Conservation, Sutter Buttes Regional Land Trust, US Forest Service, WildPlaces

Thank you for  sharing our  goal to keep rangelands working and healthy. Your financial support is much appreciated, also!  Donate here!   

“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.)