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Mendocino & Lake Counties Fire Recovery Info

The attached pdf, from Katie Delbar, provides initial info on assistance for ag producers with property in the recent Mendocino & Lake fires.

I've just begun to work on a smartphone app that I hope will make it easy to assess acreage damaged by the fires, economic value of the forage losses and reseeding requirements and cost assessments. I'll keep you posted on that progress.

Below are quite a few links for UC information on fire recovery that Ken Tate put together:

http://ucanr.edu/sites/postfire/

http://ucanr.edu/blogs/blogcore/postdetail.cfm?postnum=18117

http://ucanr.edu/sites/forestry/Wildfire/

http://ucanr.edu/News/Wildfire/

http://www.cafiresci.org/announcements-source/category/postfirerecoveryucanr

http://anrcatalog.ucanr.edu/pdf/8446.pdf

http://ucanr.edu/sites/forageloss/files/74150.xls

http://ucanr.edu/sites/forageloss/files/74149.xls

http://ucanr.edu/?impact=997

http://cesutter.ucanr.edu/Fire_Information/

http://ucanr.edu/?blogtag=wildfire&blogasset=60503

http://cecentralsierra.ucanr.edu/files/220420.pdf

http://anrcatalog.ucanr.edu/pdf/8386.pdf

http://ucanr.edu/blogs/blogcore/postdetail.cfm?postnum=19424

http://calag.ucanr.edu/archive/?article=ca.v007n03p3

http://cecentralsierra.ucanr.edu/files/224720.pdf

Attached Files
Redwood Complex Fire

Redwood Complex Fire
Redwood Complex Fire

Posted on Monday, October 16, 2017 at 3:33 PM
Tags: Cattle (2), goats (4), rangeland (14), Sheep (4), Wild Fire (1)

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 (14)

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 (14)

Impact of Grazing on Endangered Species

Cattle on rangeland

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...

Posted on Monday, November 7, 2016 at 2:25 PM
Tags: Biodiversity (1), Rangeland (14)

Coping with Drought on California Rangelands Publication

Announcement reprinted from California Wool Growers' Association newsletter. I was part of the team and it reflects input from Mendocino and Lake County ranchers as well as the rest of the state.

 

California has experienced five large-scale, multiyear droughts since 1960; however, the current event is considered the state's most severe drought in at least 500 years. Each year of the current drought has presented different challenges; for example, much of California received no measurable precipitation December 2013 through late January 2014. In the following year, the Sierra Nevada snowpack was just 5% of normal. As California ranching is largely dependent on rain-fed systems, as opposed to groundwater or stored water, it is very vulnerable to drought. In fact, rangeland livestock ranchers were among the first affected by the abnormally warm, dry winters at the beginning of the current multiyear drought.

 

In this article, we highlight lessons learned so far from past droughts, as well as California's unprecedented and ongoing multiyear drought. We draw on ranchers' perspectives and experiences, including research results from a statewide mail survey of 507 ranchers and semistructured interviews of 102 ranchers, as well as our own experiences. The mail survey (the California Rangeland Decision-Making Survey) included questions on operator and operation demographics, goals and practices, information resources, and rancher perspectives. Semistructured interviews are part of a larger ongoing project (the California Ranch Stewardship Project) examining rangeland management for multiple ecosystem services.

 

The publication is available at the following link - http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S019005281630027X

 

 

Posted on Friday, September 16, 2016 at 2:59 PM
Tags: 5-year drought (1), cattle (2), drought (1), drought strategies (1), goats (4), rangeland (14), sheep (4)

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