Accepted for publication: Compatibility of livestock grazing and recreational use on coastal California public lands: Importance, interactions, and management solutions

This paper was accepted by Rangeland Ecology & Management on 8/18/2016 and should be published and available online shortly. Once available, I will post the manuscript here! As livestock grazing increasingly moves onto public lands and into public view, potential for conflicts between livestock and recreationists in particular have also increased, and in some cases,…

Soil4Climate Announce its New Advisory Board

And I am honored and thrilled to be on it! Soil4Climate is a non-profit organization that seeks to reverse global warming via soil restoration and regeneration. Impossible? We don’t think so, and that’s why we are here. We use education, outreach, consulting, regenerative land applications informed by sound science and well-documented practices, collaboration with other like-minded organizations, and outreach to influence policy…

Rancher-to-Rancher at Sierra Foothills Conservancy

I was lucky enough to spend last Saturday with the Rancher-to-Rancher program and my good friend and Cowboy Conservationist Kent Reeves at the stunningly beautiful Sierra Foothills Conservancy. Peter Donovan, founder of the Soil Carbon Coalition, wrote up a great summary of how livestock are being used as a beneficial tool to manage vegetation and soils…

Women in Ranching – Connecting, Inspiring, Doing

I was incredibly honored to receive an invitation to a small gathering of some of the most amazing women in ranching (and farming and related work) in the western U.S. at Paicines Ranch, owned by Sallie Calhoun. Sallie and a circle of holistic practitioners, including Kelly Mulville and Joe Morris, have been doing some amazing work…

Livestock-Recreation Interactions Elkhorn Slough Coastal Training Program Workshop

“Grazing is not only compatible, it is mandatory.” – Consultant On September 29th, cooperative extension specialists, public land agency managers, consultants, and graziers met in Santa Clara for a workshop I led on compatibility of livestock grazing and recreation on public lands. As livestock grazing on the coast moves increasingly into the public land forum and recreational…

Livestock-recreation interactions on public lands: a complex emerging issue of conservation, economics, and social responsibility

Livestock grazing and recreational pursuits are often concurrent on California rangelands, but on rare occasions conflicts between recreationists and livestock or graziers arise. I am conducting a comprehensive Literature Review (Part One) regarding issues surrounding simultaneous livestock grazing and recreation on public lands. To investigate region-specific issues regarding livestock-recreation issues on coastal California public lands, I am also conducting…

Restoration Practicum with Truman Young

I started TA’ing my first class at UC Davis this quarter for Truman Young’s Restoration Practicum (PLS 164), and I am having a great time learning about restoration in a variety of contexts outside of grasslands! I did have to come up with the field trips on my own, so I suppose it is up…