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Carbon Sequestration on Rangelands: Addressing Climate Change

Fig 1: Loren Poncia checking sugar levels of grass

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...

Posted on Tuesday, July 25, 2017 at 1:27 PM
Tags: carbon (1), greenhouse (1), rangeland (13)

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...

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...

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...

Posted on Thursday, April 20, 2017 at 1:27 PM
Tags: ecosystem services (1), PES (1), rangeland (13)

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...

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

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