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Sustaining Ranching for Public Good

Sustaining Ranching for Public Good program image

This is the twice-a-year meeting of the Central Coast Rangelands Coalition. The goal of this workshop is to improve rancher's bottom line which will allow for continued rangeland conservation opportunities into the future.

Date

Thursday, April 18, 2019
8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Blair Ranch, Santa Clara Valley Open Space Authority
Morgan Hill
Lunch will be provided

COST: $40.00
Payable by check to Elkhorn Slough Foundation
Payable by credit card (online)

REGISTRATION FOR THIS PROGRAM IS CLOSED


Instructor Information

Andy Burnside
Lead Open Space Technician
Santa Clara Valley Open Space Authority

Denise Defreese
Wildland Vegetation Program Manager
East Bay Regional Parks District

Justin Fields
Fifth-generation cattle rancher

Reid Johnsen
Doctoral Candidate
UC Berkeley

Michael Jurich
Land and Facilities Services Manager
Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District

Brent Kirk
Rancher

Mike Miller
Rancher

Devii Rao
Livestock and Natural Resources Advisor San Benito, Monterey, Santa Cruz Counties
UC Cooperative Extension

Megan Robinson
Supervising Open Space Technician
Santa Clara Valley Open Space Authority

David Tharp
Equipment Operator
Santa Clara Valley Open Space Authority

Susan Weidemann
Property Management Specialist II
Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District

Contact

Grant Lyon
grant@elkhornslough.org
831-288-5404

Sponsors

Description

See also: Central Coast Rangeland Coalition, Sustainable Human Systems

Description

In spring 2016 the CCRC had a meeting in Sunol focused on rancher economics, specifically the costs to the rancher of conservation-based grazing management on public lands and the costs to the agency of having a grazing program. During the Spring 2019 meeting we will explore an example cost/return analysis for a cow/calf operation; ways agencies can modify lease arrangements to reduce costs to ranchers; how lease modifications can improve viability of the operation; and other ways to improve the rancher’s bottom line. 

 

Goal

Improve ranchers’ bottom line which will allow for continued rangeland conservation opportunities into the future. 

 

Objectives

  • Understand ranching costs and revenue, especially on public lands.
  • Identify practical opportunities for agencies to help to reduce ranchers' costs associated with grazing on public lands.
  • Make language from multiple grazing leases available on CCRC website.
  • Explore other avenues to improve rancher's bottom line.
  • Foster productive discussion between high-level agency managers and ranchers on these topics.

 

Meeting Format

This workshop will consist of indoor lectures and a panel discussion in the morning and an afternoon field session. There will also be small group discussions interspersed throughout the day to give participants an opportunity to share their expertise and learn from the diverse experiences of other meeting participants.

 

Registration Information

Please note - your registration will not be final until we receive and acknowledge payment of $40. You can pay online at the link provided after you register, or you can mail a check made out to Elkhorn Slough Foundation addressed to Coastal Training Program, c/o ESF, 1700 Elkhorn Road, Watsonville, CA 95076.

 

Please register only yourself - no third party registration is allowed, as this frequently causes problems. Registration deadline is April 4, 2019, 5 p.m. If you cancel, we can refund payment minus $10 processing fee before that deadline, but cannot refund anything if you cancel after that date. We reserve the right to cancel this workshop before April 5, in which case we will provide full refund. If you sign up, please show up - repeated failure to provide timely notification of inability to attend can jeopardize future registration opportunities.

Documents and Publications

Contact List
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
WORKSHOP MATERIALS
Agency Panel Questions: Denise Defreese
PDF, 38KB
Denise Defreese
Central Coast Rangeland Coalition
April 18, 2019
Agency Panel Questions: Megan Robinson
PDF, 63KB
Megan Robinson
Central Coast Rangeland Coalition
April 18, 2019
CCRC Spring 2019 Agenda
PDF, 88KB
Devii Rao
Central Coast Rangeland Coalition
February 2019
East Bay Regional Park District Grazing License
PDF, 1.2MB
East Bay Regional Park District

July 2017
MidPeninsula Regional Open Space District Grazing Lease
PDF, 335KB
MidPeninsula Regional Open Space District

2018
Presentation: Rangeland Conservation Requires Profitable Ranching Operations
PDF, 11.9MB
Devii Rao
Central Coast Rangeland Coalition
April 2019
Santa Clara County Open Space Authority Grazing Lease
PDF, 383KB
Santa Clara County Open Space Authority
Santa Clara County Open Space Authority
OTHER INFORMATION
Fields Rancho Stock Water NRCS Map
PDF, 1.4MB

Santa Clara Valley Open Space Authority
October 2016
Fields Stockwater Projects Detail Sheet
PDF, 2.1MB

Santa Clara Valley Open Space Authority
Sample Costs for Beef Cattle
PDF, 441KB
Devii Rao and Donald Stewart
University of California, Agriculture and Natural Resources Cooperative Extension
2018

Questions and Answers

Submit a question on this subject and we'll provide an answer. info@elkhornsloughctp.org