Bay Area Working Rangelands
University of California
Bay Area Working Rangelands

Recreation & Grazing

Fact Sheet: Sharing Open Space: What to Expect from Grazing Livestock 

 

Compatibility of Livestock Grazing and Recreational Use on Coastal California Public Lands: Importance, Interactions, and Management Solutions

While the primary use of rangelands for over a century has been livestock grazing to produce food and fiber, elevated demand for recreational land has increasingly brought livestock-recreation interactions to the forefront. California’s coastal range is a hotspot for graziers and recreationists alike and is an important region in which to address the challenges and opportunities of concurrent grazing and recreation. Here we review issues related to livestock grazing on publicly owned recreational lands, discuss potential areas of conflict, and highlight promising avenues for fostering positive livestock-recreation interactions. Read full paper (Wolf et al. 2015).

 

Park Visitor Education

We worked with the East Bay Regional Park District to develop signage that would help their park visitors understand why livestock are grazing in parks, and how to avoid negative interactions with them. View Signage

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Using Social Media to Discover Public Values, Interests, and Perceptions about Cattle Grazing on Park Lands

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In the western United States, livestock grazing often co-exists with recreation, cultural resource management and biodiversity protection on federal and state protected rangelands as well as on many local government open space areas. While the value of livestock grazing for managing rangeland vegetation to reduce fire fuel loads and improve wildlife habitat is increasingly recognized by resource management professionals, public concerns, and conflict between recreationist and livestock have led to reductions in public land grazing. Read full Journal Article (Barry 2013).

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