925.784-8303 ksweet@cattlemen.net

California Grazing Land Coalition

CalGLC is a new project facilitated by the CA Rangeland Conservation Coalition (CRCC). CalGLC is first and foremost producer-led and producer-focused. This project will be a collaborative approach to rangeland stewardship through a dedicated coalition of ranchers, individuals involved with existing conservation efforts, conservation districts, non-government organizations and representatives from state and federal land management agencies.


  • Promote sound management of grazing lands as the foundation of the ranching industry through ranch tours, peer to peer learning, education and storytelling.
  • Provide technical assistance and share resources on ecologically and economically beneficial grazing strategies.

The CalGLC will be a rancher-led entity. The Rancher Advisory Panel:

John, Austel, Southern California. Cattle 

Bianca Artadi Soares Shapero, Central California. Sheep and Goat

Mark Blakeman, Central California. Sheep

Andrew Bertotti, Northern California. Sheep and Cattle

Tribal rancher, to be confirmed

Cal GLC Coordinator – Alex Karol, Central Coast cattle & sheep rancher, akarol@westernlandowners.org


California Rangeland Conservation Coalition (CRCC)

  • Bre Owens, Board Chair. Cattle and Sheep. David Forrest, Board Vice-Chair. Cattle. Liz Reikowski, Cattle.
  • Wendell Gilgert, Lynn Huntsinger, Stephanie Larson. Rangeland Management Specialists
  • Karen Sweet, Executive Director

UC Cooperative Extensionincluding Theresa Becchetti, Stanislaus and San Joaquin Counties

Indian Nations Conservation Alliance (INCA) – Delane Atcitty, Executive Director

Natural Resources Conservation Service – Alan Bower, State Rangeland Management Specialist

Other rangeland and livestock specialists


Funding is provided by NRCS through the Grazing Lands Conservation Initiative, https://www.nrcs.usda.gov/programs-initiatives/glci-grazing-lands-conservation-initiative

Western Landowners Alliance provides operational support, https://westernlandowners.org/

Grazing Coalitions across the US are supported by the National Grazing Lands Coalition, https://www.grazinglands.org/