ANR Employees
University of California
ANR Employees

2014 New Call for Positions

This proposal has been formally submitted for the 2014 cycle.

Position Details

027 Area Livestock/ Range/ Natural Resources Advisor

Proposed Location/Housing

Ventura

Proposed Area of Coverage

Ventura, Santa Barbara

Contacts

Associated Documents

Comments

4 Comments

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As I had stated the last time you had comments on this, there is a tremendous need for a livestock person in Santa Barbara County that could serve SLO and Ventura Counties as well. Wayne Jensen had done a tremendous job here for years and was of tremendous service.

I would like to make another constructive criticism that came to mind when I reviewed the job description. I noticed it dealt with habitat and wildlife. I had some interaction with Max Moritz, the wildfire specialist, and was very disappointed in his work. I ask him for studies showing the benefits of fire in our environment, and he told me he didn't have any. He seems to be a cubicle researcher pushing the current no burning policy. I was very disappointed in his response and effort, and find it hard to support your UC program when you have personal like him working for you. I have since gone to private biology firms and found the data I needed. I am happy to discuss this with you at any time. I have spent my life working with resources and biologists concentrating in the prescribed fire-habitat improvement area, and I am the current chairman of the Santa Barbara County Fish and Game Commission. Thank You, Bill Giorgi
Posted Jun 30, 2014 2:54 PM by Bill Giorgi
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My name is Tom Crocker and I am the current president of the Ventura County Cattlemen’s Association. I am writing to you in regards to the relisting of the position of livestock /range/Natural resources Advisor for this area.

This is a position which would be of great importance to not only our cattle and other livestock industry but to all the land and natural resources we steward. Our Association is made up of approximately 150 paid family memberships totaling about 350 members. This may seem like a small number compared to the county population, until you consider that the same number of cattlemen steward approximately 97,000 acres which is a huge percentage of all the ag and open space in this county, almost double the irrigated lands.

In recent years there has been a major shift in groups trying to advise and control local ranchers’ grazing practices in order to minimize the effect we have on our natural resources. Many of these groups are well funded and care very little about working out solutions where livestock can co-exist and in most cases enhance our natural resources. Our goals are the same. As Ranchers, we value our natural resources and want to preserve them as much as or even more than the environmental groups who are trying to regulate them. Those resources are what we rely on for our very existence and have for many generations. To not protect them would be like not restocking our retail store after sales and trying to stay in business. Cattle ranchers do not have the financial resources to compete with these groups on a professional level and that is where a local representative from UC ANR would be very helpful in working out solutions to keep cattle grazing viable here in Ventura County.

VCCA has had great success working with both Dr. Ken Tate and Dr. Leslie Roach from UC Davis on water quality issues over the past 2 years but it is doubtful they will be able to continue to assist us on an ongoing basis in the capacity we will need as we continue to make our case.

Speaking both for the Ventura County Cattlemen’s Association and on a personal level, I would like to strongly encourage you to consider filling this open position with an Area Livestock and Rangeland and Natural Resources Advisor to serve Ventura and Santa Barbara counties. Thank you for your consideration.

Sincerely,
Tom Crocker
Tom Crocker, President
Ventura County Cattlemen’s Association

Posted Jul 15, 2014 1:56 PM by Sheila Barry
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The California Rangeland Conservation Coalition (Rangeland Coalition) would like to express support for the Livestock, Range and Natural Resources Advisor position in Ventura County.

The Rangeland Coalition is an unprecedented group of ranchers, environmental organizations, scientists and government agencies who are major California rangeland stakeholders. Together, signatories strive to enhance and preserve private working landscapes. We feel strongly a need for this position that working across disciplines will play an essential role in the development and application of science-based recommendations to maximize the provision of ecosystem services such as forage productivity, wildlife habitat, invasive species control and an adequate and reliable water supply for California. This position will provide critical insights to guide rangeland management, and outreach, along with playing a pivotal role in meeting the objectives stated in the Rangeland Coalition Strategic Plan.

Rangeland Coalition signatories are confident that this position would provide the expertise required to translate research into management recommendations to increase the viability of the ranching industry while protecting rangeland ecosystems in California.


Sincerely,

Pelayo Alvarez
Conservation Program Director
Posted Jul 18, 2014 3:56 PM by Pelayo Alvarez
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As a statewide UCCE specialist in wildfire housed in the southern part of the state, I support the new livestock and range advisor position for Ventura and Santa Barbara counties. A substantial amount of rangelands exist in these counties, and they are relatively underserved by UCCE (particularly Santa Barbara). More extensive research and extension programs to address rangeland issues (e.g., sustainable economic use of lands, habitat quality, fire, etc) would greatly benefit local clientele and have many opportunities to leverage/interact with expertise in other parts of the state.
Posted Jul 21, 2014 11:49 AM by Max Moritz

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