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Outstanding in the Field: North Coast Rangeland

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 (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...

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

Grazing at Pepperwood Preserve

Portable electric fence at Pepperwood Preserve

The Santa Rosa Junior College Range Management class visited Pepperwood Preserve to learn about the livestock grazing program and their range management plan's goals.  Pepperwood Preserve is a 3,120-acre nature preserve in northeast Sonoma County...

Posted on Wednesday, April 5, 2017 at 11:34 AM
Tags: grazing (6), Pepperwood (1)

Ecosystem Services Interpretative Signage

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The University of California Cooperative Extension recognized rangelands and their importance in Sonoma County, creating the “Ecosystem Services Interpretative Signage” to increase awareness and knowledge of park visitors, mangers and...

Posted on Friday, March 10, 2017 at 1:39 PM
Tags: cattle (1), Grazing (6), Rangelands (2)

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