Grazing Workshop for California Department of Fish and Wildlife Staff
This is a basic workshop on livestock grazing ecology and planning for CDFW employees.
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Policy and Procedure Analyst
Business Management Branch, CDFW
SFPUC Area Land Manager and local rancher
San Francisco Public Utilities Commission
Senior Environmental Scientist
Lands Program/Wildlife Branch, CDFW
Rangeland Management Specialist
UC Cooperative Extension
Professor and Cooperative Extension Specialist of Rangeland Science
Department of Plant Sciences at the University of California, Davis
Increase participant understanding of grazing policy, planning, and ecology to improve management on CDFW lands.
Participants will improve their knowledge of:
· CDFW regulations that allow use of grazing as a management tool, including
o CDFW’s ‘new permit’ process
o CDFW tools and guidance for advertising and awarding processes
· Ecological interactions with grazing, including:
o Effects of grazing in riparian and wetland areas
· Goal setting
· Management strategies, including
o Rotational, seasonal, targeted grazing
o Testing strategies
o Planning for drought
· Developing conservation grazing management plans
This workshop is for California Department of Fish and Wildlife staff interested in learning the basics about livestock grazing management and procedure. We start the day with participants hearing some basics from other CDFW staff who are knowledgeable about policy and procedure. Though this portion of the day will not be comprehensive, presenters will provide participants with links and other additional resources. The day proceeds with information on grazing lands ecology, goal setting, and planning with UC Cooperative Extension experts covering both general information as well as an emphasis on riparian and wetlands systems. The workshop concludes with presentation and discussion focused on developing conservation grazing plans that are practical and effective. The workshop will include limited time for discussion and more extensive provision of additional resources to assist the participants after the workshop. We are planning on a follow-up field trip in the Spring to build on this workshop content by illustrating more in-depth planning and monitoring guidance.
There is no cost for this workshop, though you’ll have to provide your own lunch. Given limited time and the location, it is a better idea to pack your lunch than to rely on purchasing a lunch at the location.
Please review the website for workshop location and parking. Government licence plates (E) park for free. Non-E plates must pay a $9 parking fee. It would be best to carpool. Please plan on arriving by 8:30am as the most convenient parking lot, Lot 15, is a popular student lot and fills early.
Note: if you register for this workshop, please plan on attending. If you register and do not attend, we may not offer you priority enrollment in future training events. To provide training for free requires substantial subsidization of resources including instructor and organizer time, materials, refreshments, etc. Not showing, or cancelling late wastes time and money and jeopardizes our ability to offer future training for CDFW. If you must cancel after registration, please let us know as soon as you know- even the very last minute (via phone message).
Documents and Publications
We encourage participants to download the contact list to assist with arranging a rideshare or to get in contact with someone you met at the workshop. Those interested in sharing a ride to the event are marked on the contact list.
|DOCUMENT||AUTHOR / SOURCE|
|Agenda: Grazing Workshop for CDFW
|Grey Hayes, PhD
Elkhorn Slough Coastal Training Program
|A scientific assessment of the effectiveness of riparian management practices
|Mel R. George, Randy D. Jackson, Chad S. Boyd, and Ken W. Tate
Chapter 5: The USDA Rangeland Conservation Practice Effectiveness Program
|Cattle grazing and conservation of a meadow-dependent amphibian species in the Sierra Nevada
|Leslie M. Roche , Andrew M. Latimer, Danny J. Eastburn, Kenneth W. Tate
PLoS ONE 7(4): e35734
|On-ranch grazing strategies: Context for the rotational grazing dilemma
|L.M. Roche B.B. Cutts, J.D. Derner, M.N. Lubell, K.W. Tate
Rangeland Ecology & Management 68: pp. 248–256
|Sustaining working rangelands: Insights from rancher decision making
| Leslie M. Roche, Tracy K. Schohr, Justin D. Derner, Mark N. Lubell, Bethany B. Cutts, Emily Kachergis, Valerie T. Eviner and Kenneth W. Tate
Rangeland Ecology & Management, 68(5):383-389
Cattle Grazing, Sensitive Species Conservation, and Public Lands Planning
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