Former foes on opposing sides of the environmental and agricultural divide, a diverse group of rangeland stakeholders, including ranchers, conservationists, state and federal agencies, academia and others formed the California Rangeland Conservation Coalition (Coalition or CRCC) with the mission to conserve and enhance working rangelands.
In November, 2015, CRCC adopted the following Statement of Purpose that affirms interests.
Statement of Purpose – 2015
California rangelands provide numerous benefits to people and nature. California ranchers and natural resources are facing increasing challenges to their continued viability.
Our purpose is to create a productive forum for diverse interests to discuss issues facing California’s ranching community and natural resources and to identify solutions. California Rangeland Conservation Coalition will endeavor to:
- Facilitate respectful dialogue,
- Foster mutual understanding,
- Define common ground, and
- Catalyze collaboration where feasible.
The foundation of the Coalition was based on a significant document adopted in 2006, the Rangeland Resolution. It was the basis for our commonly held truths regarding rangelands, the plant and animal species that require these managed lands to survive and the ranching stewards that maintain them. The Resolution recognized that these rangelands and the diversity of species and other natural resources they support is largely due to grazing and other land stewardship practices of the ranchers that own and manage them. It also describes how the Coalition will collaboratively work to protect and enhance California’s rangeland landscapes. It has been signed by over 125 agricultural and conservation organizations, state and federal agencies, academia, and many others.
The Rangeland Resolution was revised in 2016 to more accurately and clearly reflect CRCC’s expanded concerns for these diverse rangelands across California and for the viability of the livestock industry. Signatories are asked to reaffirm their commitment to the Rangeland Resolution, and new signatories are invited.
Signatories to the California Rangeland Resolution affirm the principles and goals contained in the Resolution and are expected to reference them in their own and collaborative work. Signatories ARE the California Rangeland Conservation Coalition. All support provided by these Signatories is important and appreciated.
Get acquainted with them and their own rangeland work, too. Invite them to participate in your programs. Is your organization’s name included? If not, it’s easy to become a Signatory and participate in the Coalition.