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…

2016 PlantRight Plant List – Suggested Alternatives for Invasive Garden Plants

Sustainable Conservation and PlantRight have partnered to work on reducing invasive plants that are sold or traded in the horticultural industry. As a contractor and partner with these two great organizations, I wanted to share their most recent update for 2016!: We are excited to share the 2016 PlantRight Plant List which you may view or download, here….

Restoration is Best for Wildlife, Right?

Double whammy in the Winter 2016 issue of California Native Grassland Association’s publication, Grasslands! This issue contains an article I wrote about the overall results of my study comparing wildlife in restored and unrestored grasslands in the Central Valley of California (see A Comparative Study for a recap), as well as a one-page biographical piece on yours truly. Download the…

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…

California Agriculture article is out!

A familiar sight along the California coast, blue gum eucalyptus (Eucalyptus globulus) is a common but often hotly contested non-native tree species. This article discusses the region- and context-specific impacts of blue gum, research needs, and management implications, particularly in areas of California with more reliable precipitation or moisture (fog). Check out the full peer-reviewed…

Oren Pollak Research Funds available!

Up to $7500 for grassland research can be obtained from the Oren Pollak Research Fund Endowment – but it is due this coming Friday, February 5th! I received an award of $4500 for research last year through this endowment – you can too! Don’t miss out on this great opportunity! Check it out here: Oren Pollak Research Fund

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…

Lunar eclipse beauty

This isn’t a research post for once, just a fun post about the lunar eclipse! I wanted to share some photos we got last night. Some are blurry and the actual full eclipse photos are not as good because it was slightly cloudy and we were still working on the camera settings, but they are…