Bay Area Working Rangelands
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Bay Area Working Rangelands

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Keeping Landscapes Working Archives

Keeping Landscapes Working provides information to managers of both public and private rangelands.

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Fall 2018 (229KB)

Fall Calving: Across California’s annual grasslands, beef cows are calving.  Most calves are born between August and November.  They calve in the fall so that by spring the calves will be old enough to take advantage of the rapid spring growth of grass.  It’s really a balancing act- matching the nutrient needs of the cow and calf with forage quality and quantity.

Upcoming Events:
Workshop:
   Sheep Production 101
   Saturday, October 13, 2018, Davis, CA
Membership Meeting:
   Central Coast Rangeland Coalition Fall 2018
   Thursday, October 18, 2018, Davenport, CA

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Summer 2018 (159KB)

The California Ground Squirrel (Spermophilus beecheyi) - One hundred years ago, the governor of California, William Stephens proclaimed the last week of April as "Squirrel Week".

Article: A Brief History of Ground Squirrel Control Efforts in California - Commonly found dashing in and out of burrows in grasslands throughout California and parts of Washington and Oregon, the California ground squirrel was a resource for the area's first peoples.

Upcoming Events:
Workshop: Ground Squirrel and Gopher Management, September 11, 2018, San Jose

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Spring 2018 (1,005KB)

Article: Forage Futures - What can we expect this year? A "Miracle March may led to an Average Forage Year, but still a difficult year for Livestock Production.

Stockpond Diversions - What ranchers and landowners need to know about complying with Senate Bill 88 and the CA State Water Board.

Upcoming Events:
-  Workshop and Field Tour: Conservation Easements to Keep Ranches Working April 19, 2018

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Fall 2017 (426KB)
  • ANR Publication 8575: Grassland Restoration - How to prepare a site for restoration
  • Rodents, Snakes and Raptors: New research finding on activity in restored native perennial grasslands vs. unrestored exotic annual grasslands.
  • Upcoming Events:
    - Workshop on Maintaining and Improving Rural Roads Wednesday, September 20, 2017
    - Followup field trip on Thursday, October 5, 2017
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Spring 2017 (473KB)

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  • Caring for Cattle and Sheep to Provide Safe and Wholesome Meat
  • Workshop: Manure and Mud Management Saturday, April 15, 2017
  • Recommended Reading: "The Politics of Scale: A History of Rangeland Science"
  • Article: "How to Produce 20 lbs of Beef for Less Than $1.50"
  • CCRC Meeting:  Spring 2017 Membership Meeting Thursday, April 20, 2017 
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Winter 2016 (406KB)
  • From Drought to El Nino: Working Towards Better Outcomes from Tomorrow’s Wildfires
  • CRCC 2016 Summit and Tours
  • Grazing and Conservation Part II: Cooperating with Ranchers

 

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Fall 2016 (1,020KB)
  • Residual Dry Matter (RDM): How and why do rangeland managers measure it?
  • Grazing Systems Management with Time and Space.
  • Public Workshop on Tree Mortality in Santa Clara County
  • Do Cows Use Compasses?
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Summer 2016 (305KB)
  • WORKSHOP: May 18th - Learning About Soil From a Pit
  • WORKSHOP: May 25th & 26th - Ranching for Profit
  • Rangeland Ecosystem Services

 

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Spring 2016 (397KB)
  • Soil Carbon and Water: Possibilities for Change
  • Rancher Economics
  • New ANR Publication 8524
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Fall 2015 (292KB)
  • Workshop - Where Grazing and Regulations Meet: Working Together for Ranching and Water Quality
  • New ANR Publication - Cows Need Water, Too
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Summer 2015 (399KB)
  • Keeping Cattle and People at Home on the Range: Positive Livestock and Recreation Interactions
  • New ANR Publication - What to Expect from Grazing Livestock
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Spring 2011 (1,093KB)
  • Learning from New Zealand's Challenges to be "Clean and Green." 
  • Current Finding on Grazing Impacts of Special Status Species. 
  • Water Quality Regulations on Grazed Lands in California and New Zealand: Implications for producers, communities and watersheds.
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Winter 2009 (204KB)
  • Information on two upcoming meetings that provide in-depth coverage of recent research findings:
    • A workshop on drinking water quality and livestock management will be held on January 29, 2009 in Stockton
    • An international conference on Beef Improvement will be held April 30- May 3, 2009 in Sacramento.
  • Information on internet weed assistance
  • An article on a decision some cattlemen may be facing to reduce costs: Smaller Cows or Smaller Herds 
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Fall 2009 (1,070KB)
  • Three projects addressing the future sustainability of grazing operations on the urban edge and their contribution to sustainable open space
  • Minimizing conflict between public recreation and grazing livestock
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Spring 2009 (878KB)

Focus on economic issues of rangeland management and beef cattle production:

  • “Ecology and Economics of Medusahead Control” reviews current research results from studies conducted by UCCE in cooperation with ranchers testing various strategies to control the annual invasive grass, medusahead.
  • “Natural or Implant Economic Opportunities” includes cattle marketing data collected from the Western Video Market over an 11-year span. This article discusses the costs and benefits implanting cattle with growth promoting hormones.
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Summer 2008 (416KB)
  • Occurrences of livestock poisoning in California
  • Strategies to control the Tree-of-Heaven.
  • Impact of fire on livestock
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Winter 2007 (324KB)

This issue of Keeping Landscapes Working includes summaries from three presentations made at the symposium. A proceedings of the symposium is available on CD. Contact Sheila Barry, sbarry[at]ucdavis.edu if you would like to receive a copy

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Fall 2007 (684KB)
  • Summaries of global climate changes opportunities and challenges for rangeland managers
  • Basic climate exchange specifications for rangeland soild carbon management
  • An adaption of "Perennial Grasses for California Rangelands", by T.E. Adams and B. Kay
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Winter 2006 (1,384KB)
  • Ranchers, Environmentalists, Agencies, Establish Landmark Partnership
  • The California Rangeland Resolution
  • California Native Grasslands: A Historical Perspective
  • A Guide for Developing Realistic Restoration Objectives
  • Where to View a Native Grassland; Upcoming Spring Workshops
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Fall 2005 (119KB)
  • East Bay Shrublands
  • Fire history of the San Francisco East Bay Region and implications for Landscape patterns
  • Q and A regarding: Animal identification or why livestock producers may need a premises ID
  • Weed Watch: Stinkwort or Stinkweed ( Dittrichia graveolens).
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Spring 2005 (159KB)
  • Answers the Questions What, How, and Where to Monitor
  • A Sample Monitoring Table
  • Herbaceous Plant Measures
  • Monitoring Woody Vegetation
  • A Oak Workshop Flyer
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Fall 2004 (365KB)
  • Cattle Impact on Stream Channels
  • Spring-fed Wetlands Research
  • Survey Identifies Sediment Sources
  • Minimize Sheet
  • Rill and Gully Erosion
  • Vegetation Effects on Water Yield
  • West Nile Watch
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Winter 2003 (299KB)
  • A Call to War on Weeds
  • Get Involved With Your Local Weed Management Area
  • What is a Noxious Weed
  • Weed Watch
  • Planned Herbivory
  • Cattle Handling Guidelines
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Fall 2003 (232KB)
  • Stockponds are Valuable Rangeland Features for Conservation of Habitat
  • Care of the Pond
  • Grazing Value for California Tiger Salamander
  • Horse Owners News on the West Nile Virus
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Spring 2003 (230KB)
  • Lyme Disease Page
  • West Nile Virus
  • Sudden oak Death
  • Preventing Abortions in Cattle
  • California Grazing Academy
  • California Browsing Academy
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Fall 2002 (1,217KB)
  • Grass-fed Beef
  • Challenges of Direct Marketing
  • Sudden Oak Death
  • Cryptosporidium Traced to Ground Squirrels
  • Controlling Ground Squirrels
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