Beyond Conventional Ranching Learn what today's ranchers are doing for California's natural resources and how grazing is an important landscape management tool.
The annual Summit brings together partners representing the ranching industry, environmental interest groups, rangeland researchers, elected officials and their staff, along with staff of local, state and federal natural resource agencies. The event features collaborative rangeland conservation in California, partnership models from around the country, the latest research on the environmental benefits of grazing and more. Participants will see why diverse interests have agreed on the importance of working rangelands and the need to preserve this way of life for the benefit of future generations of all Californians.
Communication: When an Environmentalist Marries a Rancher:An open-minded environmentalist and a rancher's personal story bring people together, realizing the two lifestyles are not mutually exclusive; Julie Sullivan, San Juan Ranch, Saguache, Colo.
Agency Coordination: The Rangeland Coalition spurs enhanced coordination and communication amongst agency partners.
California's Rangelands: A Critical Winter Resource for North American Raptors : A 3-year study demonstrates the importance of rangelands for raptor species of the highest conservation concern. Ed Pandolfino, Ph.D., Sierra Foothills Audubon Society and Western Field Ornithologists Managing Endangered Species Habitat with Livestock Grazing in Western Kern County: A decade of data on livestock grazing interaction with species at risk of extinction in the San Joaquin Valley. Larry Saslaw, Ph.D., Bureau of Land Management
Effects of 10 Years of Grazing Removal on Vernal Pool Diversity and Function: An update on the on-going study of grazing impacts on vernal pool biodiversity and function. The initial results of this study, based on three years of treatment, have been widely reported. These results showed that the removal of cattle grazing from vernal pools had negative impacts on the function and biodiversity of the pools. In this presentation, attendees will receive an update on how the past 10 years of grazing removal has affected vernal pool vegetation andhydrology.Jaymee Marty, ecologist with The Nature Conservancy. Ecosystem Service Payments and Markets for California Private Rangelands:Results from a survey designed to determine the feasibility of applying ecosystem service markets to benefit California ranchers and the importance of grazing to maintaining the quality of these rangelands. Frank Casey, Ph.D., Economist; U.S. Geological Survey.