Posts Tagged: rangeland
Eight months after devastating fires swept through Sonoma County, our community has rallied to an ongoing recovery. Still, the tragedy of those wildfires remains fresh in the minds of our friends and neighbors. The lives and property that were lost last year can never be replaced. As the dry season begins a new and unfortunate truth comes to mind: California is a drought-prone state, and there will always be some risk of wildfire. In Sonoma and Marin Counties, active rangeland management...
Carbon is the energy currency of most biological systems, including agricultural ecosystems. All agricultural production originates from the process of plant photosynthesis, which uses sunshine to combine carbon dioxide (CO2) from the air with water and minerals from the soil to produce plant material, both above and below ground. Agriculture is the ONE sector that can transform from a net emitter of CO2 to a net sequestered of CO2 There is no other human-managed realm with this...
Conservation Easement Payment Structures: Lump Sums, Annuities, and Payments for Ecosystems Services
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...
Fire Suppression photo by Sheila Barry
Checkerspot butterfly thrive in areas managed w cattle grazing. Photo by Sheila Barry
Through the 1980's, 1990's, and into the early 2000's, efforts to conserve threatened and endangered (special status) species on western rangelands often meant removing livestock ranching. Research findings, demonstration results, and failed conservation efforts in recent years involving endangered species have supported the continuation of livestock ranching and the reintroduction of grazing to some rangelands that were “protected” through grazing removal. At the...
1 Sonoma Alopecurus (Alopecurus aequalis var. sonomensis), UC Berkeley
2 Sonoma Spineflower (Chorizanthe valida), UC Berkeley
3 Myrtles silverspot butterfy, David Kelly, USFWS
4 Dog violet (Viola adunca), SSU
5 Bull thistle (Cirsium vulgare), UC Davis
6 Italian Thistle (Carduus pycnocephalus), UC Irvine
7 Western Snowy Plover, Michael L Baird, Defenders of Wildlife
8 California red-legged frog, UC Davis
9 Tiger Salamander (Ambystoma californiense), CaliforniaHerps.com
10 Invasive coyote brush, UC Davis
11 Invasive Himalayan blackberry, UC Davis
As the instructor for the Santa Rosa Junior College Range Class, I give students an education about using livestock grazing as a tool in Sonoma County to manage resources; especially in our regional and state parks. I took my class to Point Reyes National Seashore to experience rangelands and the use of grazing. The following blog post was written by student Nicko Wilde. In Point Reyes, myself along with the Range Management Class at...
Point Reyes Elk