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RANGE CAMP June 19-24, 2022

Range Camp is at Elkus Ranch, Half Moon Bay! Information What is Range Camp? Range Camp is a week long program for teens that consists of lectures, hands on ac-tivities, a ranch tour, BBQ at the beach, group pro-jects, a plant identification test, and a final exam. At the end of camp the three Top Campers are invited to represent CalPac SRM at the annual Society for Range Management’s High School Youth Forum.During camp campers should expect to do hands on projects each day associated with lectures thatoften includes digging a soils pit to examine and compare soils, hiking local trails to learn plant families and names, completing an inventory of a local stream to determine creek health, learning wildlife survey techniques, etc. On average, about 25 campers from across California and Hawaii attend Range Camp is held in Half Moon Bay, California on the University of California Cooperative Extension’s Elkus Ranch Environmental Education Center. Please note that applications should NOT be submitted directly to Elkus Ranch. For additional information regarding Elkus Ranch please visit http://ucanr.edu/sites/elkus_ranch/. Eligibility. Age requirement: In order to be considered for Range Camp the applicant must still be in high school, but have completed the 9th grade by the start of camp. Students who will have graduated high school before Jan 2018 will not be eligible to attend the High School Youth Forum, in the event they win the Top Camper contest. The camp fee is $500.00. This includes meals, lodging, recreation, and transportation costs while at camp. Transportation to camp from the camper’s home on Sunday and returning from camp on Friday is not...

Jamul Ranch Ecological Preserve Tour

March 30, 2022 A note from Codi Hale, RCD of Greater San Diego: Hello California Ranchers and Conservationists, It was great spending time with you in the field at the Rancho Jamul Ecological Reserve in San Diego County! We really appreciate the opportunity to collaborate with 4J Horse and Livestock and CDFW on this project, with grant funding from the CA Dept of Food and Agriculture, and the financial support for the event from the California Rangeland Conservation Coalition and California Cattle Council. Special thanks to John Austel, Tracie Nelson, James Bartolome, Liz Kellogg and all of our other knowledgeable presenters. See our photos. Some follow up and resources from our event: Enclosed are the components of a prescribed grazing plan (see below). The full Rancho Jamul Grazing Management Plan and the Grazing Handbook is on our website here.Elizabeth Vaughn of CAFF graciously shared some resources for GIS mapping. You can watch a tutorial video here, view a guide here, or view the presentation slides here. San Diego ag folks: If you have not already taken a Producer Needs Assessment (PNA) for the SD Agricultural Planning Program, we are interested in hearing from you! For more information, contact me. Codi Hale (she/hers) | Agricultural Outreach Assistant Resource Conservation District of Greater San Diego County Mobile: 760-702-5668 | Office: 619-562-0096 x104 Prescribed Grazing Plan Components Clearly stated goals and objectivesResource inventoryExisting resource conditions and concerns.Ecological site or forage suitability group.Opportunities to enhance resource conditions.Location and condition of structural improvements such as fences, watering sites, including seasonal availability and quality of water. Forage inventory of the expected quality, quantity, and species in each...

2022 Photo Contest

Sponsored and Coordinated by Point Blue Conservation Science Photos must be submitted by the deadline: Friday, January 13, 2022. Rangeland Summit: Monday, January 24, 2022, in Stockton Prizes will be awarded for1st, 2nd, 3rd place and People’s Choice! The photo contest promotes and shares working rangeland photography and generates original photographs for use by the California Rangeland Conservation Coalition (Coalition). A panel of photographers will determine 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners based on content and photo quality. The Coalition sincerely appreciates all contest participants, judges and the sponsors. Contestants are highly encouraged to attend the Summit. Register and learn more on the Summit website: Rules Any photographer can submit up to 3 original photos. Choose your best! Photos must be original and taken in California and highlight California’s grazing lands, including livestock and ranching, people, landscapes, wildlife, plants, etc. Photos must be original, of high resolution (minimum 72 pixels per inch-ppi). Basic light and color correction is allowed, but no special effects or filters may be applied. Photos can be from any time but must not have been submitted to previous CRCC photo contests. All photos submitted become the property of the Coalition and Point Blue. Photos may be published by either without obtaining further permission. Use may include, but is not limited to videos, website, social media, articles, and gifts. Makers will be recognized where feasible. Judging decisions will be final and at the sole discretion of the Coalition. Winners will be notified by email and announced during the California Rangeland Conservation Coalition Summit. Submission Photos must be submitted by the deadline: Friday, January 10, 2022. Submit...

2022 Summit Program

California Rangelands, Ranching Stewardship, and 30 x 30 Learn the value of California Rangelands and how the ranchers who steward them can help address state and federal climate strategy goals, conserve 30% of land and water by 2030 Monday, January 24, 2022 , 8:30 am – 2:45 pm (Updated January 19) The Point Blue Photography Contest photographs will be shown periodically. This VIRTUAL PROGRAM will include social time, breaks and will seek discussion. 8:30 am. Morning Coffee and Social Time – Bring your own coffee and visit online as colleagues gather. 9:00 am WELCOME! Bre Owens, Chair and Rancher and Michael Delbar, CEO CA Rangeland Trust and Rancher The Return on Investment & Ecosystem Services Provided by Protected Rangelands. Dr. Lynn Hutsinger and Dr. Van Butsic, UC Berkeley. California 30×30 Strategy – How do rangelands fit? Jennifer Norris, PhD, Deputy Secretary, CA Dept of Resources US 30×30 Strategy – What does it mean for western rangelands? Zachary Bodhane, Policy Director, Western Landowners Alliance Break Sustaining beneficial grazing on protected lands Lance Criley, US Forest Service and Certified Rangeland Manager and Tracie Nelson, CA Fish & WildlifeLewis Reed, Mid-Peninsula Open Space District What policies are needed to protect rangelands and keep them working lands? The land trust perspective, Michael Delbar, CA Rangeland Trust, Kara Heckert, American Farmland Trust, Charlotte Mitchell, California Farmland TrustAudubon Conservation Ranching Initiative, Pelayo Alvarez, PhD, Audubon CaliforniaMultibenefit Land Repurposing Program, Jack Rice, Rancher Technical Assistance Program(Think about your organizational or business policy wish-list.) Breakouts to discuss morning session LUNCH BREAK. Breakouts are available for social time. Photo Slides Show Range Manager of the Year, a presentation...

Global Rangelands in Perspective

Resources by Dr. Frank Mitloehner, University of California Cooperative Extension, Davis. Download Global Rangelands Put into Perspective and print onto 8.5″ x 11″ paper. Fold on the blue lines. Watch the video for more information. YouTube video: How Much Land is Used for Livestock? Dr. Mitloehner regularly tweets on this topic. @GHGguru CLEAR Center Clarity and Leadership for Environmental Awareness and Research at UC...