California Rangeland Conservation Coalition hosted 7th Annual Summit, “Ecosystem Services in Practice: Featuring the Multiple Public Benefits We Receive from Rangelands,” on January 20, 2012 at the University of California, Davis. This event was held in conjunction with the inaugural Rangeland Science Symposium, “Managing Rangelands for Multiple Ecosystem Services,” on January 19, 2012.
The two-day event brought together ranchers, environmental interest group representatives, land managers, media, rangeland researchers, elected officials and their staff, along with staff of local, state and federal natural resource agencies. Participants at the event saw why diverse interests have agreed on the importance of working rangelands and got to hear from researchers the latest in the field of rangeland science. Attendees also heard from ranchers on their stewardship ethic, visions for the future and challenges to the economic viability of their family businesses. (There are no event refunds)
January 19, 2012 Rangeland Science Symposium: Managing Rangelands for Multiple Ecosystem Services
“Featuring the Multiple Public Benefits We Receive From Rangelands”
Managing for Wildlife Habitat on California Rangelands Click here to watch the video (Courtesy of the NRCS) Importance of Rangelands: Recap of Research Symposium Ken Tate, Rustici Chair, University of California, Davis Get the highlights and overarching theme from the 1st Rangeland Science Symposium Managing Rangelands for Multiples Ecosystem Services.Ecosystem Service: economical and ecological.
What is Happening to California Rangelands Jaymee Marty, The Nature Conservancy Can you guess how much rangeland conversion took place in the CRCC priority area between the years 1984 and 2008?How much of that land do you think was converted to houses and industrial uses versus intensive agricultural uses?What percentage of the remaining rangeland is enrolled in the Williamson Act?The good news is that you don’t have to guess at the answers to these questions.Dr. Marty will report out on the results of an assessment conducted by herself, Dick Cameron and Dr. Bob Holland that will answer those questions and many more. Ecosystem Services: open spaces and biodiversity. Rancher Perception 101: Survey Analysis Lynn Huntsinger, UC Berkeley Recent focus on the socio-economic aspects of ranching has produced a wealth of information on how ranchers manage their lands for multiple ecosystems services as well as their perspectives on conservation, land-use policies and the values and benefits of ranching. Each survey tells its own story, but the cumulative perception of ranchers and what they do as land managers has never been analyzed. Hear from Dr. Huntsinger what we can learn from the information ranchers have shared with us.
What Does the Previously Presented Rancher Perception Mean to Me? To the Rangeland Coalition? Jack Hansen, WC Ranch, Susanville Sheila Barry, Bay Area Natural Resources/Livestock Advisor, UC Cooperative Extension Mark Kramer, Federal External Affairs, The Nature Conservancy Each panelist will respond to Dr. Huntsinger’s presentation, commenting about what it all means to sustaining ranching, to the Coalition, and to their organizations and constituency. Panelists will also suggest next steps.
Bill and his wife Peggy own and operate a Flint Hills ranch near Sedan, Kansas. Bill has held leadership positions with the Kansas Livestock Association (KLA) and is a charter board member of the Ranchland Trust of Kansas...an agricultural land trust that is affiliated with KLA. Hear first hand Bill’s passion for protecting the working grassland landscapes, especially the tallgrass prairie in eastern Kansas, commonly referred to as the Kansas Flint Hills. Find out about his donation of an easement that coincides with the new U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Flint Hills Legacy Conservation Area (FHLCA). Ecosystem Services: beef, open space and wildlife.
Ranching for Conservation & Profit Perspective from the Next Generation Holly Foster, Robert Foster Ranch Click here to watch video on Holly Foster From a fourth generation rancher, hear the realities of a multi-generational ranch, the perspective for the future and goals for her ranching operation to ensure that the next generation can continue. This presentation will showcase how the business goals of a ranch need to merge with environmental goals for mitigation and conservation. Ecosystem Services: beef, open space, vernal pools, fire fuel load reduction, cultural heritage and meadow management.
The Relationship of Ranching on Private Lands and on Public Lands - Mission Peak Grazing Program Jim Coelho, Coelho Ranches Jim leases public lands in the East Bay, including one of East Bay Regional Park District’s parks, where thousands of hikers walk daily through the herd.He will provide an overview of his cattle business and conservation efforts on the urban edge and with the park and its users. He’ll comment about the relationship of leased public lands with private lands, and about his partnership with Harris Ranch to raise beef – also an ecosystems service. Ecosystem Services: recreation, beef and special status species
Working With the Land to Produce Beef Todd Swickard, Five Dot Ranch Get an in-depth view of a family ranching operation that grazes in multiple California counties in cooperation with a variety of public agencies and private landowners. Learn how Five Dot Ranch manages and monitors cattle grazing on lands that are home to species of special concern, important watersheds and recreationalists. Hear about the marketing strategies and where Five Dot Ranch beef can be found including: their own butcher shop in the Oxbow Market in Napa, restaurants and specialty markets in Sacramento, Napa and Bay Area. Ecosystem Services: public land management, beef, public consumption-watershed management, threatened and endangered species.