2018-2019 Funded Projects
Protecting your Livestock from Predators: Livestock Protection Field Days
Project Leader: Dan Macon, UC Cooperative Extension Placer, Nevada, Sutter and Yuba Counties
The leaders of this RREA project organized and hosted hands-on livestock protection tool field days. The team designed workshop field days to both educate on the use of non-lethal livestock protection tools and provide the end-users, ranchers, land managers and wildlife managers, with hands-on demonstrations of a variety of available non-lethal livestock protection tools. The team hosted six workshop field days in 5 different Northern California counties with established gray wolf packs and/or transient wolves and 129 ranchers, managers, and others attended the workshop field days. The project also developed fact sheets, available here, on livestock guardian dogs, turbo fladry, electric fence, game cameras, depredation reporting and livestock carcass management.
Ranching 101 Training/Video for Land Managers, Resource Management Professionals and Cal-Naturalist
Project Leader: Shelia Barry, UC Cooperative Extension San Joaquin and Stanislaus Counties
This RREA project developed outreach and information and training opportunities to inform public agencies and resource management professionals on rangeland livestock production cycles, practices and costs. The project hosted a workshop, Sustaining Ranching on Local Public Lands, and produced 4 videos on ranching that will be used in training. They also developed resources for the Cal-Naturalist training program to improve Cal-Nat stewards understanding of natural working landscapes.
Integrating Climate Change in California Cooperative Extension Programs Workshop and Professional Development
Project Leader: Theodore Grantham, UC Berkeley Environmental Science, Policy and Management
This RREA project delivered a professional development workshop on integrating climate change science into extension programming. The workshop was attended by 71 UC ANR academics and staff from across disciplinary fields, including water, nutrition, forestry, rangelands, agriculture, youth development, and fire. After the success of last year’s pilot workshop, this year the objectives were to advance ANR academics and programmatic staff collective understanding of climate change and its implications for California's communities and natural resources; to identify new ways to integrate climate change in ANRs research and extension programs and; to further build UC ANR's community of practices around climate change extension and research. Post- workshop surveys indicate 97% agreed the information presented at the workshop was informative and comprehensive.
Invasive Weed Management and Regulatory Requirements: Outreach and Education
Project Leader: Tracy Schohr, UC Cooperative Extension Plumas-Sierra Counties
This RREA project overall goal was to promote effective invasive weeds management tools and provide stakeholders, ranchers and land managers, with scientifically proven control practices that maximize cost effectiveness while conserving diversity, promoting safety, and ensuring regulatory compliance. To accomplish the goal the team developed a multifaceted outreach approach that included visually appealing technical guides, ranch visits, and an educational workshop. The workshop was attended by 40 ranchers, land managers, and agency staff who listened to experts address IPM invasive weed management, pesticide safety, and regulatory compliance. The electronic newsletters and fact sheets developed and distributed are available here.
Cannabis Research Center: Outreach and Extension Programming
Project Leader: Van Butsic, UC Berkeley Environmental Science, Policy and Management
This RREA project immediate objective was to develop information that help natural resource managers better understand cannabis production practices in California and their environmental impacts on private lands, especially in forest ecosystems. A UC Berkeley student intern was hired to update the CRC website and the information on the site re-organized, so it is easier to find. The student also authored a number of short articles on CRC's work and mission for the website. A workshop,on the current state of cannabis production's impact on California natural landscapes, was held in Berkeley at the CRC on September 1, 2019. The workshop was attended by 100 academics, regulators, policy makers, land managers, and industry professionals and a post-workshop survey indicated all who attended increased their awareness of the options available to minimize land-use conversion of California's natural lands.
Training and Applications of Geospatial Technology for Improved Natural Resource Management
Project Leader: Ricky Satomi, UC Cooperative Extension Shasta County
This RREA project focused on increasing forest and natural resource practitioner competence with GIS tools while providing solutions for real world applications improving natural resource management. The target audience for this project included private landowners and managers and natural resource professionals. A total of five curriculum guides were developed and four 2-day workshop trainings were presented. The workshops also encouraged collaboration between federal and state agencies and academic institutions to standardize data sharing and tools in natural resource planning.
Building Capacity for Prescribed Fire on Private Lands
Project Leader: Lenya Quinn-Davidson, UC Cooperative Extension Humboldt County
This RREA project has catalyzed major interest and change in California and the way people think about prescribed fire on the state's private natural lands. Many decades of fire suppression effectively took fire out of California's private landowners toolbox and created a culture of fear around using fire as a management tool. This UC RREA project, by providing live fire training and education to private landowners and managers, has empowered hundreds to reconnect with fire as a management tool. In the past year the team hosted 8 workshops with over 400 participants, 12 live-fire trainings with 300 attendees, and gave 35 presentations throughout California on the benefits of prescribed fire on private lands.