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Summit Presentations


2016. Wildfire & Rangeland Management – Mediating Impacts to Conservation & Ranching

Co-sponsored by University of California Agriculture & Natural Resources.  The Summit participants addressed challenges and opportunities to improve rangeland management to reduce the scope and severity of catastrophic wildfire and to reduce the impacts of wildfire to ranch sustainability and conservation.  


Bill Stewart, UC Berkeley, Framing California’s Working Landscapes as Solutions Rather than Problems

Anne Yost, US Forest Service, Retired, Barriers and Opportunities to Addressing Fire and Fuels Management and Impacts of Catastrophic Fire on California’s Public Rangelands

Justin Oldfield, California Cattlemen’s Association, A Beef Industry Perspective: Economic, Social & Range Management Impacts Caused by Wildfire

Shaun Crook, Tuolumne County, Rancher’s Perspectives on Wildfire: Impacts to Ranching & Lessons Learned

Doug Joses, Calaveras County, Rancher’s Perspectives on Wildfire: Impacts to Ranching & Lessons Learned

Larry Forero, UCCE, Economic Impact of Wildfire and Historical Perspective on Vegetation Management Related to Wildfire Risk

Jane Wood, High School Youth Delegate, Cal-Pac SRM: Rangeland Water Development: An Example from the East Bay Area

Mary Marsh, High School Youth Delegate, Cal-Pac SRM: Rangeland Water Development: Fire Management: Barriers & Opportunities

Tony Mediati, Cal Fire, Wildland Fire Fighting, Ranching & Vegetation Management: Opportunities to Reduce Fire Damage & Increase Wildfire Suppression Effectiveness

Tom Scott, UC Berkeley, Wildfires & Conservation: The Dangers of Objectively Assessing the Virtues of Something that isn’t an Object

Leslie Roche, UC Davis, Grazing Management after Wildfire: State of the Science

 2015 Summit in Sacramento, CA:  “Collaborative Conservation for Rangelands”

Co-sponsored by Cal-Pacific Chapter, Society for Range Management

A History of Collaborative Conservation for Rangelands in the US, Dr. Nathan Sayre, UC Berkeley

The Role of Academic Institutions in Collaborative Conservation of Rangelands: Banishing the Loading Dock Model, Dr. Robin Reid, Colorado State University

The Malpai Borderlands Group: 20 Years of Collaboration, Bill McDonald, rancher

The Next Wave of Conservation, Avery Anderson, The Quivira Coalition

The High Desert Partnership , Brenda Smith, Oregon State University

A Collaborative Approach to Comprehensive Ranch Planning and Improvement through the Fish Friendly Ranching Program , Laurel Marcus, California Land Stewardship Institute

The California Rangeland Conservation Coalition: Boots and Birkenstocks Working Together to Keep Ranchers Ranching , Dr. Pelayo Alvarez, The California Rangeland Conservation Coalition

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“Opportunities and Challenges for California’s Ranchers from Local Rangelands to Global Markets”Dr. Dave Daley, Chico State University

“Rangeland Conversion in California: Scope and Type of Land Use Change” (summary)
John Lowrie, California Department of Conservation

“Where and Why will Tree Crops Replace Rangelands?”
Roger Duncan, UC Farm Advisor

“Never an “Average” Year for Rangelands and Cattle Markets: Resilience Through Environmental and Economic Uncertainty”Larry Forero, UC Farm Advisor


“Habitat Values at Risk” “Water at Risk”  Dr. Jaymee Marty, Vollmar Consulting Alan and Lorraine Flint, US Geological Survey

“Colorado Habitat Exchange Program: New Incentives for Ranching and Rancher Stewardship”T. Wright Dickinson, Colorado Cattlemen’s Association

“Grass – the Conservation Currency”Brian Martin, The Nature Conservancy and Leo Barthelmess, Montana Rancher/Matador Ranch Grass Bank

“How the Mountain Plover Changed my Life on the Ranch”, Russell Davis, Colorado Rancher/Leopold Award

“Policy Opportunities for Rangeland Conservation”. Mark Kramer, The Nature Conservancy


2013 Summit and 2nd Rangeland Science Symposium:

Poster Session Recap. Click here for more details on the research shared.

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Why an Environmentalist Cares about Critters AND Cowboys?
Kim Delfino, California Program Director, Defenders of Wildlife – Click here to learn more about Kim Delfino

Values in Working Rangelands and Rancher Stewardship
Carrie Thompson, Partners for Fish and Wildlife Program Coordinator, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Pacific Southwest Region
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Targeted Grazing – Accomplishing Conservation by Breaking Barriers Between Science and Experience
Karen Launchbaugh, Director of the Rangeland Center at the University of Idaho
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Testing Management Tools for Controlling Rangeland Weeds
Josh Davy, livestock and natural resources advisor, University of California Cooperative Extension
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Meeting Public Land Objectives on the Sacramento River NWR with Managed Grazing
Kelly Moroney, Sacramento River Wildlife Refuge Manager, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
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Grass to Beef
Tony Turri, Turri Family Farms
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Getting Paid to Graze – Value of Targeted Grazing with Sheep
Dan Macon, Flying Mule Farm
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Ranchers Bottom-line Improves with Investment in Conservation
Bev Sparrowk, Sparrowk Livestock
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Economics of Multiple Rangeland Use and Conservation
Allen Torell, Ph.D., Professor of Agricultural Economics and Agricultural Business Department at New Mexico State University
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– Click here for presentation by Paul Martin, deputy director of permit assistance in the California Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development.

– Click here for presentation by Sheila Barry, County Director Santa Clara/ San Francisco Bay Area and Livestock and Natural Resources Advisor, University of California Cooperative Extension.

– Click here for Ca Rangeland Conservation Coalition 2008 report on California Restoration and Enhancement Permitting: Challenges to California’s Permitting Process for Restoration and Enhancement Projects.

– Click here for CRAE 2010 Report: Permitting Restoration.


2012 Summit and 1st Rangeland Science Symposium:
Rangeland Science Symposium: Managing Rangelands for Multiple Ecosystem Services
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What is Happening to California Rangelands Jaymee Marty, The Nature Conservancy

Rancher Perception 101: Survey Analysis Lynn Huntsinger, UC Berkeley

Cooperative Conservation in Action – A Kansas Perspective Bill Sproul, Kansas Rancher

Ranching for Conservation & Profit

Perspective from the Next Generation Holly Foster, Robert Foster Ranch

The Relationship of Ranching on Private Lands and on Public Lands – Mission Peak Grazing Program  Jim Coelho, Coelho Ranches

Working With the Land to Produce Beef Todd Swickard, Five Dot Ranch


2011 Summit:
Ecosystem Service Payments and Markets for California Private Rangelands: Results from a survey designed to determine the feasibility of applying ecosystem service markets to benefit California ranchers and the importance of grazing to maintaining the quality of these rangelands. Frank Casey, Ph.D., Economist; U.S. Geological Survey.

Ecology of Water Quality and Rangeland Management: A comprehensive literature review on livestock interactions with water quality by Lewis Reed, UC Santa Cruz graduate student

Grazing Management for Water Resource Ecosystem Services: An overview of new scientific studies underway on how to improve water quality in conjunction with livestock management. Ken Tate, Ph.D., UC Davis Department of Plant Sciences and .

Land Management:
Improving Butterfly Habitat With Managed Grazing: The story of cattle grazing’s reintroduction to the Antioch Dunes. Stephanie Larson, Ph.D., UC California Cooperative Extension.

Cowboys to the Rescue: Can Water Management Services on Ranchlands Help Save the Everglades? Ranchers are getting compensated to increase on-ranch water management in south Florida. Sarah Lynch, World Wildlife Fund.