Workshops and Presentations
Understanding rangeland systems is important for making sound decisions affecting this land cover type that covers a large proportion of California and the world, and there is an ongoing need to Inform policy makers, land managers, extension professionals, and others of the latest research on rangelands. If you have a request for information or education needs related to issues impacting rangelands ranging from economics, ecology, wildlife, or water, please reach out.
Hunting as Diversifying Income Stream
Our research has found that approximately 26% of all private land in the U.S. is either owned primarily for hunting or leased out to hunters. Private landowners in the U.S. earn approximately $1.5 billion in annual income from hunting on over 220 million acres in hunting leases, which is 16.4% of all private land in the United States. Additional research has shown opportunities in California to earn income from hunting to provide a stable source of income over time, but that several barriers to entry prevent more landowners earning income from hunting. We are developing a program to overcome these barriers to foster increased opportunities for recreation on private land by the public, provide additional revenue to landowners, and increasing our understanding of the value of rangelands for conservation and recreation.
To make prudent land use decisions and to conserve natural resources, UC Cooperative Extension Advisors, local governments, State government, and natural resource and environmental NGOs need to have access to information on current land ownership by land use as well as land use changes over time. We are working with the IGIS group and the Butsic Lab to develop the CalLands web portal.
Additional efforts in enhancing knowledge around rangelands and livestock is a clearing house for UC livestock & rangeland research and extension publications.
Enhancing Rangeland Management Abroad
We are working with the US Department of Agriculture’s Foreign Agricultural Service (USDA FAS) to use UC expertise to help build the capacity of the rangeland management and water harvesting directorates in Jordan’s Ministry of Agriculture, with a larger goal of enhancing the management of Jordan’s rangelands (the Badia). This provides additional perspective and learning opportunities for UC-based participants as well as working to enhance the management and conservation of a mediterranean grazing system.
Enhancing Local Rangeland Management
We are working with the Central Coast Rangeland Coalition (CCRC) to use current science to promote sound rangeland stewardship. The CCRC is a collaborative partnership between ranchers, conservation groups, agency personnel, researchers, students, land managers, policy makers, and other rangeland stakeholders. These diverse members represent roughly 200 thousand acres of private rangeland, and many more thousands of acres of public rangeland across California’s central coast. The group focuses on collating, disseminating, and vetting information on contemporary advances in tools and research useful for managing rangelands in this unique ecoregion.
Livestock Protection and Human-Carnivore Conflict Prevention
From competing with humans for wild game to eating livestock or companion animals, carnivores can be detrimental to rural livelihoods. This conflict often results in economic loss for the livestock producer and lethal removal for the carnivore, a situation that doesn’t benefit anyone involved. Through research, extension, and outreach, we help producers evaluate and implement the livestock protection tools and methods that may fit their site-specific needs.
Our work recognizes the importance of keeping livestock safe so that both ranchers and carnivores can remain a viable part of the West’s working landscapes.
Please contact us if you’re interested in learning more.