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Staff + Committees

CRCC Staff:
The Rangeland Coalition staff and consultants are responsible for carrying out the direction of the Rangeland Coalition Steering Committee to implement priorities outlined in the Strategic Plan and objectives listed in the Rangeland Resolution.

Committee Descriptions
The Coalition has several committees that carry out the business of the organization, these include:

Steering Committee:

This committee oversees the work of the Coalition, serving as the core. It is responsible for internal communication and planning for the long term success of the Coalition. In addition, members will provide oversight and direction to the staff, whom are tasked with carrying out the Coalition goals.

Chair, Bre Owens, Point Blue Conservation Science

Vice Chair:  Dave Forrest, Institute for Ecological Health

Karen Buhr, CA Association of Resource Conservation Districts

Tim Koopmann, Bill Rankin, Bill Thomas, Chet Vogt, Ranchers, CA Cattlemen’s Association

T.O. Smith, CA Department of Fish and Wildlife

Casey Stone, Rancher & Noelle Cremers or Jack Rice, CA Farm Bureau Federation

Michael Delbar, CA Rangeland Trust

Dan Macon or Andree Soares, Ranchers, CA Wool Growers

Sue Forbes, Cal-Pac Chapter Society for Range Management

John Sterling, Central Valley Bird Club

Kim Delfino, Defenders of Wildlife

Robert Parkhurst or Rebecca Haynes, Environmental Defense Fund

Elly Nauer, Felidae Fund

John Hopkins, Institute for Ecological Health

Tom Hedt, Natural Resources Conservation Service

Wendell Gilgert, Point Blue Conservation Science

Pablo Garza and Jennifer Biringer, The Nature Conservancy

Sheila Barry, Univ. of CA Cooperative Extension

Matt Hamman, US Fish and Wildlife Service

Karen Sweet, Director

Administrative Committee:
The Administrative Committee takes on the duties of an executive committee to make recommendations and report to the Steering Committee and to work with staff to implement the strategic plan and oversee fiscal and other matters as approved by the Steering Committee. The committee will select a chair, decide how to make decisions and determine how to share responsibilities for CRCC business.

Outreach Committee:
The committee is responsible for the creation and implementation of an annual outreach plan for the Rangeland Coalition that is focused on internal and external activities. It will work with the steering committee, signatories and agencies to implement the approved plan, complete with implementation strategies and tactics, and submit to the steering committee for approval. The plan will be the focus for the committee and the Coalition for the remainder of the year. Alterations in the plan will be presented to the committee for approval. An end of year report will be given at the last steering committee meeting of each calendar year.

Policy Committee:
The committee works on federal and state issues that are critical to the long term success of the underlying principles of the Rangeland Coalition. The committee supports cooperative goals that will financially assist and encourage voluntary conservation on private lands, in addition to preserving the longevity of the ranching industry. Priorities are centralized on the area defined within the resolution and on the goals specified within the Rangeland Coalition’s action items.

Summit Committee:
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The Summit Committee shall work with signatories to establish the annual gathering program, select venue and solicit sponsors, working closely with Rangeland Coalition staff.

Working Groups:
Working Groups will be established as appropriate to achieve the objectives of the Strategic Committee through projects with a specific end point.