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Using InVEST to assess ecosystem services

Sonoma County Agricultural Preservation and Open Space District sign

From UCANR California Agriculture magazine Using InVEST to assess ecosystem services on conserved properties in Sonoma County, CA The purchase of conservation easements on agricultural land is one approach to preventing residential development on working landscapes. The authors present a low-cost tool for assessing ecosystem service values across large areas, a step toward quantifying the benefits of land conservation. Abstract Purchases of private land for...

Posted on Friday, May 12, 2017 at 4:49 AM
  • Author: Van Bustic, UCCE and UC Berkeley
  • Author: Matthew Shapero, UC Berkeley
  • Author: Diana Moanga, UC Berkeley
  • Author: Stephanie Larson
Tags: InVEST (1), Sonoma Land Trust (1)

How Grazing Livestock are Beneficial to Vernal Pools

Fig 1 California tiger salamander (Ambystoma californiense), CaliforniaHerps.com

On a global scale, rangelands are a fairly diverse array of biomes - deserts, scrub, prairies, and chaparral, but in Sonoma County, they comprise oak savannahs and grasslands; one such is our vernal pools. Vernal pools are defined by the US Environmental Protection Agency as “…seasonal depression wetlands that occur under the Mediterranean climate conditions”. They are a rare and interesting sight to see in the spring after they have filled up with water. Especially this...

Posted on Wednesday, May 10, 2017 at 9:33 AM

Conservation Easement Payment Structures: Lump Sums, Annuities, and Payments for Ecosystems Services

Beef cattle photo by Sheila Barry

Rangeland owners in the Bay Area face substantial pressure to develop their land.  The short term financial gains from developing rangeland for vineyards or residential construction can be very large.  In Sonoma and Marin Counties several conservation groups, including the Marin Agricultural Land Trust and the Sonoma County Agricultural Preservation and Open Space District, are dedicated to preserving rangeland and the cultural and environmental amenities that only open space can...

Posted on Thursday, April 20, 2017 at 1:27 PM
Tags: ecosystem services (1), PES (1), rangeland (8)

Livestock Grazing at Point Reyes National Seashore

Grazing at Point Reyes National Seashore

The Santa Rosa Junior College Range Management class toured Point Reyes National Seashore (PRNS) to learn about the park history, livestock grazing, and issues surrounding public land management. The class met with Range Management Specialist, Dylan Voeller, Rich Grossi, a 4th generation rancher, and Rich Grossi's granddaughters, 6th generation.  The class learned about the direct link between urban consumers and local food producers, providing a powerful conduit for educating the...

Posted on Wednesday, April 12, 2017 at 5:28 AM
Tags: endangered (1), grazing (6), Point Reyes (1), special status (1)

Research Opportunity for Diversified Crops and Livestock Farms

Sheep in Vineyard

Drs. Alda Pires and Maurice Pitesky, along with PhD epidemiology student Laura Patterson, from UC Davis joined with Dr. Stephanie Larson, Director of UCCE Sonoma County, to present a seminar titled “Farming 101: Diversified Crop and Livestock Farming” at the UCCE office in Santa Rosa. About 30 small-scale diversified farmers with diverse livestock (e.g., sheep, goats, poultry, pig, rabbits and cattle)  and crops (e.g., vegetables, fruit trees, wine grapes) attended the...

Posted on Tuesday, April 11, 2017 at 1:19 PM
Tags: crops (1), livestock (1), research (1)

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