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Fall 2015 Cal-Pac Meeting Registration


Click here for the Nov. 12-13 Meeting Agenda and Registration form.



RMAC Agenda and Meeting Announcement March 17


More complete minutes to be posted at All are encouraged to consider subscribing on that website to get updates on RMAC activities.

Click here for more information on the March 17 Meeting Agenda.




Spring Tour is coming up - April 22 and 23 in San Luis Obispo


The tour, which will be on April 23rd, will be at Steve Sinton's Ranch. Steve is our most recent winner of the Excellence in Range Management award, and we're hoping that the timing of our meeting catches the central coast at the height of spring. The Cal-Pac Board meeting will be on the afternoon of the 22nd, with our dinner/social to follow.

For meeting details, more information and registration application, click here.



Sacremento, CA Rangeland Ecology and Management NATR 306 (3 Units) Spring 2015

Are you interested in rangeland ecosystems and their role in providing food, fiber, fuel, wildlife habitat, water and recreation? California diverse rangeland habitats, their management and conservation will be the focus of this course. Click here for more information.




New publication—"Grazing for Biodiversity in Californian Mediterranean Grasslands” Rangelands 36(5):36-43.

This new publication is co-authored by James W. Bartolome, Barbara H. Allen-Diaz, Sheila Barry, Lawrence D. Ford, Michele Hammond, Peter Hopkinson, Felix Ratcliff, Sheri Spiegal, and Michael D. White. There’s a side-bar by Larry Ford—"California’s Mediterranean-Type Grasslands: A Hotspot of Biodiversity.”



Cal-Pac SRM 2014 Ballot

Click here for the 2014 Ballot for California-Pacific Section of the Society for Range Management Director and President-Elect positions. Either mark this ballot and return to Theresa Becchetti, Section Secretary at the address on the reverse side or email your votes to Theresa at by December 15, 2014. with “Cal-Pac SRM 2014 Ballot” in the subject line. If you are mailing this ballot and received it electronically, print the last two pages double sided, fold with the address on the outside, tape closed, and attach a stamp.


In addition, given our geographically large and diverse Section, there may be options for meeting/tour locations that a Past President (who has the responsibility of section meeting planning) may not be familiar with. Therefore we would like to solicit input from you about places you would like to visit for future section meetings as well as topics you would be interested in hearing more about. If for some reason your suggestion is not able to be used for the next upcoming meeting, it will be kept for future meetings. Also if you would like to volunteer to help organize a meeting, please let us know as well through this survey. The survey can be found at: I will have this link added to our section website and future newsletters as well so that it is handy when you come up with an idea that you would like to share.



Nov 7 US Drought Monitor - Ranching and California's Drought Workshop and Webcast Videos and Presentations Posted

On November 7, 2014, we brought the U.S. Drought Monitor authors and the California State Climatologist to UC Davis to talk about 1) how the U.S. Drought monitor is updated weekly; and 2) how local expert knowledge, real time ranch impacts, and other relevant data can be used to inform the U.S Drought Monitor. We also shared new information on California Ranchers’ perceptions and experiences with drought, new livestock feeding strategies during drought, and seasonal weather forecasts for California.


The US Drought Monitor authors did an exceptional job of clarifying how the monitor works and how we can inform it.

This section of the workshop is of interest to any sector of ag that is impacted by drought declaration policy.

Presentations and recorded videos can be found here.



Save the Date!

The California-Pacific Section of the Society for Range Management spring field tour is tentatively scheduled for April 21 to 23, 2015 in Paso Robles, California. More details will be provided as planning progresses. Hope to see you there (after we see you at the SRM annual meeting in Sacramento, of course)!



Western Regional Grazing Conference - Grazing for Change

Join leading holistic management practitioners, scientists and agricultural "solutionaries" at the first Western Regional Grazing Conference: Grazing for Change. Friday, February 27, 2015 - Sunday, March 1, 2015. Click here for more information or visit and register online at




68th Annual SRM Meeting Technical Training & Tradeshow


srm meetingOur Sacramento Annual Meeting web site is up and ready to view. A registration form, as well as other information, for the 68th Society for
Range Management Annual Meeting in Sacramento is now available here: Society for Rangeland Management 68th Annual Meeting













Mountain Meadow Response to USFS Riparian Grazing Use Standards and Guidelines

The paper below is some of the first work published from the Weixelman long-term meadow veg monitoring dataset.

Very positive story that riparian grazing and meadow health can be compatible on public grazing lands.

Freitas, M., L.M. Roche, D.W. Weixelman, and K.W. Tate. 2014. Montane Meadow Plant Community Response to Grazing. Environmental Management. On-line Ahead of Print.

Montane Meadow Plant Community Response to Livestock Grazing




Water Plan eNews

This week's Water Plan eNews includes:

· North-of-Delta Offstream Storage study highlights and reports posted by DWR
· Water foundation report offers recommendations for dealing with land subsidence
· Two-day summit to discuss environmental data set for next week
· California rangeland workshop will consider several ecosystem scenarios
· SWAP enters the second phase of the development process
· Mapping tool provides insight on potential sea level rise damage

Click here to download PDF



Just published -- "Managing Rangelands to Benefit California Red-legged Frogs and California Tiger Salamanders" by L.D. Ford, P.A. Van Hoorn, D.R. Rao, N.J. Scott, P.C. Trenham, and J.W. Bartolome. Copyright 2013. Alameda County RCD.

Once common throughout central California, the California Red-legged Frog and California Tiger Salamander are now listed as threatened by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. They are rare, and their ranges have shrunk severely, mainly due to habitat loss and fragmentation associated with agricultural and urban development. Ranches and grazed public lands and the associated stewardship activities of ranchers and others are vital to the survival and recovery of these amphibians, and grazing as a land use is generally compatible. Livestock ponds have become crucial breeding habitats for both amphibians, and grazing significantly reduces the biomass of the exotic annual grasses that now dominate upland (terrestrial) habitat, lowering fire risk and preventing the degradation of habitat conditions that would occur if the grasses were left unmanaged. This document provides comprehensive recommendations for habitat management based on the best available scientific research and the expertise of individuals who study or manage these amphibians and their habitat.

This publication has been sponsored by the Alameda County Resource Conservation District, California Coastal Conservancy, California Rangeland Conservation Coalition, East Bay Regional Park District, Joseph DiDonato Wildlife Consulting and Photography, LD Ford Rangeland Conservation Science, National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, The Nature Conservancy, Pacific Gas and Electric Company, Santa Clara County Open Space Authority, and United States Fish and Wildlife Service.

We are pleased to present this new booklet for public download without charge by clicking on this link:




L. Ford Awarded "Range Manager of the Year" 2012 by the California-Pacific Section of the Society for Range Management


At the fall 2012 meeting of the Cal-Pac Section of the Society for Range Management in Sacramento, Dr. Lawrence Ford was given the Range Manager of the Year award for his substantial contributions to the Society and to range management. Recipients in the recent past were Dr. Lynn Huntsinger (2007), Edie Jacobson (2008), Lisa Bush 2009, Dr. Mark Thorne (2010), and Rod Tripp (2011).




CAL-PAC Board of Directors make Section Funds Available For Outreach Projects


At the At the July 9 2012 conference call the Board of Directors passed a motion through which Cal-Pac members could request funds for the following:

1. Improve visibility of the section
2. Offer opportunities for student involvement
3. Assist with professional development of range professionals
4. Provide support for membership recruitment
5. Other

Application will be a simple description of what intended action is and anticipated results. Sheila Barry will serve as the repository of these requests. She will circulate them to the directors prior to meetings/conference calls for action. Grant request limited at $500 per request, not to exceed $2000 total section expenditure for annually for this program. The application form can be downloaded here.




Win a Fall meeting Registration and Banquet!


Calling on all Cal-Pac SRM members (creative or not) to submit for consideration a slogan, title and/or logo for the SRM Annual Meeting to be held in 2015.  The slogan, title and/or logo should represent the theme of California’s diversity- diversity of people, places and things.  Ideas should be submitted to Morgan (  by May 31.  The creator of the chosen slogan, title and/or logo will receive one complimentary registration and banquet meal for our Fall 2012 meeting.

Do whatever you need to do to get your creativity juices going.  You have five weeks!




Measures of Biodiversity Offer Information for Assessing Rangeland Health


Rangeland Ecology & Management - Rangeland managers need reliable data to determine the best course of action to preserve or restore ecosystems. Currently, biodiversity is not one of the parameters included in the evaluation of rangeland health. Two indicators of biodiversity, plant species richness and diversity, could prove useful and appropriate in evaluating the state of our grasslands.


An article in the journal Rangeland Ecology & Management discusses accepted measures for diagnosing rangeland health. The authors synthesize responses of plant species richness and diversity to drivers that guide management decisions in Great Plains grasslands, one of most threatened ecosystems in North America.


Now Available:Full text of the article, Incorporating Biodiversity Into Rangeland Health: Plant Species Richness and Diversity in Great Plains Grasslands, Rangeland Ecology & Management, Vol. 64, No. 6, November 2011




Rangelands In The News


NDSU Releases Range Monitoring Video Drovers Cattle Network, 11/16/2011
Student, Ranchers Protect Prairie Songbirds The StarPhoenix, 11/21/2011
Measures of Biodiversity Offer Information for Assessing Rangeland Health NewsWise, 11/22/2011
Ranchers, Law Team Up To Foil Livestock Rustlers Drovers Cattle Network, 11/20/2011
Forage, Grasslands Key To A Competitve Livestock Industry and Healthy Environment CCA, 11/21/2011




Rangelands In The News


Teaming Up To Create A Successful Forage Grass USDA, 11/1/2011




Ken Fugham elected to SRM Board of Directors

Dr. Kenneth Fulgham, Professor of Rangeland Resources and Chair, Forestry &Wildland Resources Department, Humboldt State University, was recently elected to the position as Director, BOD, Society for Range Management, beginning February 2012 for a three-year term. The Society for Range Management will hold its 2015 Annual Meeting in Sacramento, CA and be hosted
by the California-Pacific Section-SRM.


SRM: is the professional society dedicated to supporting persons who work with rangelands and have a commitment to their sustainable use. Rangelands comprise almost one-half of all the lands in the world. They are extremely important to society for the goods and services they produce and for the ecological services they provide. SRM is dedicated to the conservation and
sustainable management of rangelands for the benefit of current societies and for future generations. Mission: to promote the professional development and continuing education of members and the public and the stewardship of rangeland resources. Vision: a well-trained and highly motivated group of professionals and rangeland users working with productive, sustainable rangeland ecosystems.


Professor Fulgham also serves as the 2nd Vice-President of The Buckeye, a local working landscape advocacy organization. Additional information on the Society for Range Management can be found at:




Two New Surveys by the Central Coast Rangeland Coalition-Value of
Monitoring and Priority Topics for Study


The Central Coast Rangeland Coalition (CCRC) recently completed two surveys of its membership. One asked about the values of the 2007-2009 monitoring of rangeland health and sustainability as perceived by the participating rangeland managers. The other survey asked for priorities for topics to examine for the next CCRC Rancher, Manager, and Scientist Forum on Rangeland Conservation. You can download the reports from these surveys at: .




Rangeland Coalition Advocacy


The Rangeland Coalition Legislative Committee currently has three sign-on letters of support in circulation.

Estate Tax – Federal legislation for targeted Estate Tax reform has been introduced by Congressman Thompson (D-CA) and Senator Feinstein (D-CA), excluding farm assets from estate taxes for as long as the property remains as a family agricultural operation.

AB 715 – This legislation before the California legislature provides a one-time $36 million general fund allocation for Williamson Act.

SB 1303 - This legislation before the California Legislature extends the sunset for Section 2087 of the California Fish and Game Code (incidental take) and to provide education on the provisions of this code.

If you have questions about the legislation listed above or your organization would like to sign on to the letters of support please contact Tracy Schohr at (916) 444-0845 or The final letters will be shared in the next e-update.




Rancher Improving Public Lands Featured


The recent edition of the California Cattleman Magazine features an article titled; Taking Grazing to the Next Level. The article highlights the stewardship of one rancher who grazes cattle on East Bay Regional Park ground in Sunol, Calif. The article discusses rangeland enhancements undertaken by the rancher, Russ Fields, and the managed grazing program implemented on the park ground. To view the article click here.




Ecosystem Services Survey


Ranchers are encouraged to complete the online version of the Ecosystem Services Survey Last month nearly 300 randomly-selected California Cattlemen Association members, California Rangeland Trust associates and California Wool Growers Association members were mailed a version of the survey. The online version of the survey provides an opportunity for additional producers to provide input. 

The goal of the survey is to understand ranchers’ level of interest and the potential for developing payments for the ecosystem services (i.e. environmental benefits such as carbon sequestration, water quality improvements, wildlife habitat, etc.) that ranching provides. Emerging markets offer the potential to provide a financial return to ranchers for good environmental stewardship by creating new economic incentives for practices that improve the quality of water, soil, air and wildlife habitat on working landscapes. 

If you have any questions about the survey, please contact Tracy Schohr at (916) 444-0845

If you have questions about the legislation listed above or your organization would like to sign on to the letters of support please contact Tracy Schohr at (916) 444-0845 or The final letters will be shared in the next e-update.




New Partner


The California Rangeland Conservation Coalition is proud to welcome the California Climate and Agriculture Network as the most recent signatory to the California Rangeland Resolution and partner of the California Rangeland Conservation Coalition. For a complete list of partners please click here. 




'Know Your Farmer, Know Your Food' Blog Launched


Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack launched a new blog on the 'Know Your Farmer, Know Your Food' website to highlight local and regional food systems and the multitude of connections being made between farmers and consumers. The new online resource advances a national conversation about food and agriculture and highlights the importance of local and regional food systems – one of the fastest growing segments of agriculture – to American agriculture, the economy, and rural communities. The 'Know Your Farmer, Know Your Food' Ideas and Stories webpage will provide real-world examples of the outpouring of dedication, entrepreneurship and support for agriculture that are taking place every day across the country.  For more information click here.



Bay Watershed Education Training (BWET) Workshop

This workshop/course is intended to help participants to improve water quality and overall watershed health in California's central coast region. Participants will gain familiarity with MMPs ("management measures and practices") that can reduce erosion and sediment transport, microbial contamination, agricultural run-off, non-point source pollution and other potential impacts often associated with agriculture and forestry practices.


Contact Brian Dietterick for more details (; 805.756.6155)







Cal Pac SRM