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June 16

2018 SUMMIT – January 16-17  – Save the Date!  The Rangeland Resolution is the Coalition’s foundation. Signatories (see list) to the resolution are invited to affirm their support of the revised Rangeland Resolution, as those below have done.  New Signatories will be welcomed, too. Send a message with contact information to Karen Sweet, stating your support of the Rangeland Resolution. That’s all it takes to be added to this list.  Alameda County Resource Conservation District, American Farmland Trust, Audubon California, Cachuma Resource Conservation District, California Climate and Agriculture Network, California Council of Land Trusts, California Invasive Plant Council, California Native Grasslands Association, California Oaks Foundation, California Wildlife Foundation, Capella Grazing Project, Contra Costa Resource Conservation District, Full Circle Wool, Institute for Ecological Health, Land Conservancy of San Luis Obispo, Marin Resource Conservation District, Pepperwood Preserve, Placer Land Trust, Point Blue Conservation Science, Sequoia Riverlands Trust, Sierra Business Council, Sonoma Ecology Center, Sustainable Conservation, Sutter Buttes Regional Land Trust, US Forest Service, WildPlaces  Position Alameda County Resource Conservation District:   Resource Conservationist II/Biologist.    Resources Definition – “Rangeland  means land on which the existing vegetation, whether growing naturally or through management, is suitable for grazing or browsing of domestic livestock for at least a portion of the year. Rangeland includes any natural grasslands, savannas, shrublands (including chaparral), deserts, wetlands, and woodlands (including Eastside ponderosa pine, pinyon, juniper, and oak) which support a vegetative cover of native grasses, grasslike plants, forbs, shrubs, or naturalized species.”(CA Public Resources Code section 4789.2 e.) CALIFORNIA CERTIFIED RANGELAND MANAGER –  A Reference for Landowners and Professionals. The  program  is designed to provide evidence  of professional competency, to...

June 2

NBC’s Open Road with Doug McConnell Visits CRCC Signatories’ Rangelands!   Solano Land Trust shares its rangelands.   East Bay Regional Park District hosts a biodiversity tour of Vasco Caves north of Livermore.    (Share your stories with CRCC, too!)  RANGELAND SUMMIT TOURS – Celebrating the diversity of California rangelands. Download beef sustainability and carbon footprint facts sheets and report. THANK YOU for your participation, sponsorship and hosting! California Beef Council for sponsoring the Tours.   (Download beef recipes, nutrition and shopping tips at the Council site.)    UCANR Sierra Foothill Research and Education Center for April 13   Jeff Chance, NRCS, UC Merced, UCCE for  April 27     US Forest Service, CSU Fresno for May 25 UCANR Hopland Research & Education Center for June 3 Placer County Resource Conservation District and UC Cooperative Extension for planning.  Rangeland Research Links Explore the wealth of research on  various topics on the CRCC website. New publications are welcomed. Thank you for  sharing our  goal –  to keep rangelands working and healthy. Your financial support is much appreciated, also!  Donate here!     Workshops / Forums CRCC’s Facebook page ‘likes’ all of the CRCC Signatories and receives their news feeds. Take a look at their activities and news from all over the state. Like CRCC’s page, too! Siskiyou County UCCE: Targeted Riparian Weed Management Workshop, June 7, Yreka. 9 am-3:30. Free. RSVP crivers@ucanr.edu 530.842-2711. Getting the Lease: Strategies for developing an effective Grazing Lease Proposal. June 29. 3-6 pm with dinner. Alameda County RCD (CRCC Signatory) and UCANR. Attendees will hear from a panel of experienced applicants and proposal reviewers from across the Bay Area.  This workshop will also address...

May 26

Coalition News The Rangeland Resolution recognizes that the health of California rangelands and the diversity of natural resources they support are largely due to grazing and other land stewardship practices of the ranchers that own and manage them. It states the goal to collaboratively work together to protect and enhance California’s rangeland landscapes and ranching and outlines ways to achieve that. This document is a revision of the 2006 Resolution.  Agricultural and conservation organizations,  and academia, as well as state and federal agenciesthat declared their support of the 2006 Resolution   became CRCC Signatories. (Is your organization a Signatory?) Those Signatories have been asked to affirm their support of the revised Resolution.  New entities are invited to become Signatories.  It’s simple. Send an electronic message to Karen Sweet stating your commitment to the Rangeland Resolution and your desire to become a Signatory.  That’s all there is to it!   CRCC, Inc. The Coalition leadership voted in 2016 to incorporate, and the California Rangeland Conservation Coalition, Inc. is in place.  The Board of Directors held its first meeting this month. The Directors are Bre Owens, President (Point Blue Conservation Science and a rancher); Dave Forrest (Institute of Ecological Health), Vice President / Treasurer; and William Thomas, Secretary (California Cattlemen’s Association and a rancher). One of the first action items was to apply for tax-exempt status. The Board and the Steering Committee will work together to facilitate the conservation and enhancement of the ecological values and economic viability of California’s working rangelands.   Rangeland Summit TOURS Celebrating the diversity of California rangelands. June 3 – North Coast Regional Tour Host and Co-sponsor: Hopland...

May 19

UC Davis Rangeland Research in the News A Climate Change Solution Beneath our Feet. There’s too much carbon in the atmosphere and not enough in the ground where it’s useful. Healthy soil can help flip the picture.  “This is ancient knowledge, really,” said Pelayo Alvarez, outreach director for the Petaluma-based Carbon Cycle Institute and a graduate of UC Davis. “When you increase soil organic matter in the soil, good things happen. But climate change is bringing new attention to it. And regardless of climate change, we should be doing this for many reasons—for productivity, erosion control, drought tolerance. It’s going back to our roots, no pun intended.” Read about UCD’s research with Kate Scow and comments from Scott Stone, a rancher that applies compost. “Scientists estimate that U.S. rangelands could potentially sequester up to 330 million metric tons of carbon dioxide in their soils,” approximately enough to provide electricity to 38 million homes a year. Rangeland Summit TOURS Celebrating the diversity of California rangelands. May 25, 10am-2pm – Madera County Foothills Regional Tour –REGISTER NOW $30 Co-Hosts: a collaboration among UC Cooperative Extension San Joaquin Experimental Range,  USDA Forest Service Pacific Southwest Research Station, Agricultural Foundation of CA State University Fresno. Directions and agenda on the registration form. June 3 – North Coast Regional Tour Host and Co-sponsor: Hopland Research & Extension Center (Ukiah). Watch for information. THANK YOU for our tour hosts! UCANR Sierra Foothill Research and Education Center,April 13!   Jeff Chance, NRCS, UC Merced, UCCE , April 27! Tour Sponsor, California Beef Council  Download beef sustainability and carbon footprint facts sheets and report. Download beef recipes, nutrition and...

May 5

Rangeland Summit TOURS Rangeland Summit REGIONAL TOURS Celebrating the diversity of California rangelands. May 25, 10am-2pm – Madera County Foothills Regional Tour – REGISTER NOW $30 Co-Hosts: a collaboration among UC Cooperative Extension San Joaquin Experimental Range,  USDA Forest Service Pacific Southwest Research Station, Agricultural Foundation of CA State University Fresno. Directions and agenda on the registration form. June 3 – North CoastRegional Tour Host and Co-sponsor: Hopland Research & Extension Center (Ukiah). Watch for information. THANK YOU for our hosts, UCANR Sierra Foothill Research and Education Center for a very successful tour April 13 and better understanding of conservation easements!   THANK YOU to our hosts, Jeff Chance, NRCS, UC Merced, UCCE for an informative and successful tour April 27!   Thank you,  California Beef Council for sponsoring the Tours.   Download beef sustainability and carbon footprint facts sheets and report. Download beef recipes, nutrition and shopping tips at the Council site.    Resources Understanding Wild Pig History and Biology,An online course via TX A&M AgriLife Extension wild pig management course for landowners, land managers and others seeking information on feral swine. Grazing Management Online Course.   This open-access short course provides fundamental information on rangeland ecology and management on a flexible time schedule. “Ecology and Management of Grazing” is hosted by the UC Rangelands Research & Education Archive. The four module course was developed by Dr. Mel George and Cody Sheehy in collaboration with UC Cooperative Extension Livestock and Natural Resource Advisors and University of California and California State University faculty. Course materials were developed with support from USDA Western SARE and RREA. Thank you for  sharing our  goal...

April 28

“Take care of the land, and the land will take care of you,” says  Yolo Land & Cattle Company’s Karen Stone.For ranchers and farmers, EVERY day is Earth Day!  See more in the California Beef Council video.   Rangeland in the News Invasive Weeds Establish Greater Foothold On Range In California.  Vegetation growth has exploded with this year’s record rainfall, especially invasive weeds that tend to die and dry out quickly, creating more fuel for wildfires and turning the state’s landscapes into tinderboxes, writes Ching Lee, California Farm Bureau Federation (CRCC Signatory). Read what on-the-ground specialists say.Scott Oneta,UC Cooperative Extension; Scott McLean,Cal Fire; Travis Bean, a UC weed science specialist; and Merced County rancher Andrée Soares. Rangeland Summit REGIONAL TOURS Celebrating the diversity of California rangelands. May 25, 10am-2pm – Madera County Foothills Regional Tour –REGISTER NOW $30 Co-Hosts: a collaboration among UC Cooperative Extension San Joaquin Experimental Range,  USDA Forest Service Pacific Southwest Research Station, Agricultural Foundation of CA State University Fresno. Directions and agenda on the registration form. June 3 – North CoastRegional Tour Host and Co-sponsor: Hopland Research & Extension Center (Ukiah). Watch for information.  THANK YOU for our hosts, UCANR Sierra Foothill Research and Education Center for a very successful tour April 13!   THANK YOU to our hosts, Jeff Chance, NRCS, UC Merced, UCCE for an informative and successful tour April 27!  Thank you,  California Beef Council for sponsoring the Tours.     Download beef sustainability and carbon footprint facts sheets and report.   Download beef recipes, nutrition and shopping tips at the Council site.    Resources RANGELAND CAREERS AND COURSES INFORMATION to share with interested students:...