2018-2019 Funded Projects
Ranching 101 Training/Video
Project Leader: Shelia Barry, UC Cooperative Extension San Joaquin and Stanislaus Counties
As more California grazing land is being acquired by public land agencies and non-profits, it is essential that UC ANR provide education to public agencies, resources management professionals and other stakeholders that have purview and decision-making roles in management of these lands so the management as working rangelands is sustainable. This RREA project will provide training through the development of curriculum including video on ranching business and practices. The training will be focused on land managers and resource management professionals who work with ranchers to manage conservation lands.
Cannabis Research Center: Outreach and Extension Programming
Project Leader: Van Butsic, UC Berkeley Environmental Science, Policy and Management
Extension programs that inform rapidly evolving cannabis policy are urgently needed to limit environmental damage to California's natural lands. To help meet this need the Cannabis Research Center (CRC) at UC Berkeley was established in the spring of 2018. The immediate objective of the CRC is to develop information resources that help policy makers and natural resource managers better understand cannabis production practices and their impact, especially in forest ecosystems. We propose to hire a part-time Graduate Student Researcher (GSR) at UC Berkeley to support development of a cannabis impact on forest ecosystems extension program.
Integrating Climate Change in California Cooperative Extension Programs Workshop and Professional Development
Project Leader: Theodore Grantham, UC Berkeley Environmental Science, Policy and Management
Our specific RREA project objectives are to: (1) create a network of professionals focused on climate change issues and threats to renewable resources; (2) enhance knowledge, confidence and competence in three focal areas identified as high-priority in previous meetings: climate science information resources, climate-related disaster preparedness and response, and climate communication; and (3) identify priority topics and refine action items for the Strategic Initiatives and statewide programs to enhance UCANR’s climate change extension programming.
Protecting your Livestock from Predators: Livestock Protection Field Days
Project Leader: Dan Macon, UC Cooperative Extension Placer, Nevada, Sutter and Yuba Counties
This RREA project will provide hands-on opportunities for ranchers to gain experience with the most applicable of livestock protection tools. Through on-ranch field days, we will focus on equipment and technique demonstrations and rancher-to-rancher learning opportunities. We will also provide an on-ranch, hands-on training for wildlife agency staff to improve agency familiarity with these tools and build understanding regarding potential barriers to implementation. Following these workshops, these tools will be made available for loan from UCCE to ranchers to address site-specific predator issues.
Building Capacity for Prescribed Fire on Private Lands
Project Leader: Lenya Quinn-Davidson, UC Cooperative Extension Humboldt County
The purpose of this project is to increase capacity for prescribed fire on private lands in California.The project will include workshops in counties where there is strong interest in our program (Ventura, Siskiyou, and Sonoma); more in-depth, hands-on workshops and trainings in Humboldt County. We will also host a training specifically for UCANR advisors and specialists, which will increase our internal capacity to provide guidance to landowners on prescribed fire-related issues.
Training and Applications of Geospatial Technology for Improved Natural Resource Management
Project Leader: Ricky Satomi, UC Cooperative Extension Shasta County
The overall goal of the project is to increase the capacity and number of private landowners and forest managers in northern California using the latest geospatial tools and technologies for data collection, spatial analysis, and mapping. Many landowners and forest managers are still using pen-and-paper techniques, with tedious data entry systems, cumbersome workflows, and limited ability to make decisions based on integrated data. This project plans to implement a series of five workshops to teach landowners and managers how to integrate GIS tools with everyday forest management needs.
Invasive Weed Management and Regulatory Requirements: Outreach and Education
Project Leader: Tracy Schohr, UC Cooperative Extension Plumas-Sierra Counties
This project will promote effective invasive species management tools and provide stakeholders with scientifically proven control practices that maximize cost effectiveness while conserving diversity, promoting safety and ensuring regulatory compliance. Together, UC Cooperative Extension and the Plumas-Sierra Agricultural Commissioner’s office will provide invasive species training and education to ranchers, farmers and land management personnel (e.g. US Forest Service) in the region. The mutli-faceted outreach approach will target a variety of learning styles and reach land managers from numerous angels to learn from statewide specialists and regional experts on the best available science.