Archived Workshops/References

Central Coast Rangeland Coalition's Rancher, Manager, and Scientist Forum on Rangeland Conservation


The Central Coast Rangeland Coalition’s (CCRC’s) Rancher, Manager, and Scientist Forum on Rangeland Conservation, was sponsored by Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District from 2011 – 2015. The second phase (2016 – 2020) is sponsored by the East Bay Regional Park District and The Nature Conservancy of California. The Forum is also supported by in-kind contributions from the Elkhorn Slough Coastal Training Program, University of California Cooperative Extension, and Dr. Ford’s consulting firm (LD Ford, Rangeland Conservation Science). The Forum focuses on key rangeland conservation topics, which have been identified through interviews of sponsor agency personnel and surveys of the CCRC membership. Graduate students have conducted reviews of the scientific literature on each topic, prepared formal papers, and given formal talks at CCRC meetings under the supervision of a faculty member and a CCRC Co-Principal Investigator.


For many years, the Coalition has focused on the highest priority topics, learning about the existing science related to each topic. The Forum has built personal trust of, and collaborated with, CCRC participants to better understand conservation problems and solutions, improving management planning and practices, and identifying knowledge gaps and priorities for future research. It has built “community” and respect among the stakeholders (and their colleagues and families) involved in rangeland management generally, and has helped earn public recognition for the important benefits of public and private rangeland stewardship based on science. It has also built upon the stated recognition that scientific credibility is central to CCRC’s activities.


The fundamental outcome of the Forum has been to improve communications and understanding between the participant sub-groups (ranchers, agency managers, technical advisors/consultants, educators, and scientists, as well as other readers of the reports) of the critical values of both scholarship and practical knowledge in improving rangeland management (short- and long-term). Over the short-term, this has provided more research-based information to professionals and the public as well as better communication about existing research. As such, this complements the programs of the CCRC meetings by providing a regular place for student presentations while allowing for discussion on these subjects between meeting participants. We plan to focus future spring meetings of the CCRC on the current Forum topic, with the student and faculty sponsor organizing and leading the meeting.


During the first 5 years of the Forum—students prepared 5 papers (listed and available for download below) and presented 5 talks at CCRC meetings. Two formal journal articles have been published. Over the long-term, the Forum will continue to lead to new relevant research focused on helping land managers meet conservation goals cost efficiently. Additional outcomes of the Forum include: greater relevance and focus in development of rangeland conservation research programs by graduate students, their academic advisors, and professional research scientists (short-term); and increased consultation of both technical advisors and scientific reference documents by all parties involved in management planning, and thus improved management (short- and long-term).


If you are interested in helping with the Forum, please contact us.

Documents and Publications

Are Landowners, Managers, and Range Management Academics on the Same Page About Conservation?
PDF, 716KB
Feb 27 19
Lina Aoyama and Lynn Huntsinger
Rangelands 41(1):61-69
February 2019
Call for Inquiries: CCRC Rancher, Manager, and Scientist Forum on Rangeland Conservation
Jul 26 18
Dr. Larry Ford
Central Coast Rangelands Coalition
July 2018
This is a call for inquiries from student/professor teams to interact with the Central Coast Rangeland Coalition in its 2018-2019 Rancher, Manager, and Scientist Forum on Rangeland Conservation. Inquiries are due by August 15, 2018.
Compatibility of livestock grazing and recreational use on coastal California public lands: Importance, interactions, and management solutions
Aug 29 16
Kristina M. Wolf, Roger A. Baldwin, and Sheila Barry
Central Coast Rangeland Coalition
April 2016
Grazing for conservation on public lands in urban California: rancher and manager perspectives on the prospects for partnership
Jan 15 14
Gareth Fisher
Central Coast Rangeland Coalition -in partnership with- Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District
March 18, 2012
Once considered antithetical to conservation values, livestock grazing is now widely accepted as a valuable vegetation management tool in the annual grasslands of California (Fisher and Barry 2011). Both scientific investigation and management experience have shown that grazing, properly carried out, can reduce fire fuels, restore native plants, promote biodiversity, and enhance wildlife habitat, especially habitat for special-status species.
Livestock management and water quality
PDF, 250KB
Apr 06 11
Lewis Reed
CCRC and Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District
April 2011
Scientific literature review and overview of livestock management as it pertains to water quality on the central coast of California
Perceptions of barriers and opportunities for conservation in Central Coast California rangelands by landowners, managers, and range academics
PDF, 436KB
May 29 18
Lina Aoyama
Central Coast Rangelands Coalition, East Bay Regional Parks, The Nature Conservancy
May 2018
Sharing the range: managing wildlife impacts to livestock production in California Coast Range working landscapes
PDF, 145KB
Sep 29 14
Sheri Spiegal
University of California, Berkeley
October 2014
Informed by and written for ranchers and range managers, this paper can be used to plan for potential wildlife impacts, understand the controversy over lethal control, determine viable strategies to manage wildlife impacts with minimal controversy, and find references and resources.
Stewarding Soil: promoting soil quality to meet management objectives on California rangelands
PDF, 481KB
Sep 29 14
Jasmine Westbrook and Susan Edinger Marshall
Central Coast Rangelands Coalition
October 2014
California rangelands provide goods and services ranging from wildlife habitat and carbon sequestration to the production of food and fiber. In this literature review, we focus on the relationships between soil attributes and specific rangeland management objectives; plant-­‐available water, forage production, carbon sequestration, native species diversity, and vernal pool habitat conservation.
Targeted and Prescribed Grazing in California's Central Coast Region
PDF, 388KB
Oct 31 17
Erin Campbell-Craven
Central Coast Rangelands Coalition, East Bay Regional Parks, The Nature Conservancy


Central Coast Rangeland Coalition
Jul 26 18