Wildlife responses to restoration article submitted to Journal of Applied Ecology

Restorationists often hope and expect that wildlife will increase in abundance and diversity when “native” habitats are restored, but this assumption has not been well-investigated for most wildlife species, particularly in grasslands, and even more so in the Central Valley of California. From 2014 to 2015 I conducted a rather ambitious spatiotemporally replicated natural experiment investigating wildlife…

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,…

In 2nd Review: Rotational & Continuous Grazing Meta-Analysis

Debates over the effectiveness and benefits of a variety of grazing systems abound, and have been ongoing for well over a century. In 2008, Briske et al. (see Rotational Grazing on Rangelands: Reconciliation of Perception and Experimental Evidence) published a paper addressing this issue, concluding that there is no significant difference between “rotational” or “continuous” grazing systems…

Job posting: Agroecology and integrated livestock-cropping systems

Amélie Gaudin, professor of Agroecology at U.C. Davis, is seeking a post-doc or junior specialist for a large-scale research project investigating carbon sequestration and other ecosystem services (lots of room for creativity and investigation!!) in integrated livestock-cropping systems. This will be at least a one-year position with likely extension for an additional year. The job posting…

PhD conferred!

I have been excited to make a post saying that my degree was conferred, and as of 5/26/2016, I can! You can find the full dissertation here: K.Wolf Dissertation ABSTRACT Rangeland ecosystems, and grasslands in particular, are one of the most threatened ecosystems worldwide (Hamilton et al., 2002; Heady et al., 1992; Samson and Knopf, 1994). Grasslands are…

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…

Restoration is best for wildlife, right?

Today I gave a talk at the 69th Annual Society for Range Management meeting in Corpus Christi, Texas about my wildlife-restoration project in the Central Valley of California. Take a look at the abstract and click on the link below to see the PDF version of my presentation. I’m having a lot of fun catching up…

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…