The UC Cooperative Extension Livestock and Natural program addresses natural resources issues in Alameda, Contra Costa, Santa Clara and San Mateo Counties.
Bay Area open spaces, both privately and publicly owned, are largely used for livestock grazing. Maintaining these working landscapes near large urban centers presents many challenges, such as:
- Protecting water quality
- Controlling invasive species
- Providing wildlife habitat, including endangered species
- Maintaining open space
The main clientele for this program are private landowners; resource management professionals working on private, State and Federal lands; and other groups such as users of public lands, conservation organizations, and the agriculture and forest products industries.