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…

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…

Raptor Surveys and more!

We continued to survey raptors at the four locations we visited previously on three other occasions, and this time we even got an owl and some fun pictures of other (passerine and water birds, and non-avian) species. Click on any of the photos below to enlarge them and see more detail – Enjoy! All photos by Sara Remmes or myself (Kristina Wolf):

Cal-Pac SRM Range Camp!

Beginning Father’s Day every June, the California-Pacific section of the Society for Range Management (Cal-Pac SRM) puts on a 5-day range camp for high school students (see Range Camp for registration information, and Terilyn talks about her Range Camp experience) to teach them about many aspects of natural resource management on rangelands at Elkus Ranch in Half Moon Bay. I…

Ecosphere paper is out!!

Exciting news today that our Ecosphere paper is out! Burning reveals cryptic plant diversity and promotes coexistence in a California prairie restoration experiment Citation: Young, D. J. N., L. M. Porensky, K. M. Wolf, S. E. Fick, and T. P. Young. 2015. Burning reveals cryptic plant diversity and promotes coexistence in a California prairie restoration experiment. Ecosphere 6(5):81….

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…

Summer watering and fire to control weeds in restored grasslands

Today I had the opportunity to present at the SER-Cal Conference (Society for Ecological Restoration – California) some of my research crossing summer watering/grass flushing with burning to control annual grass cover in restored perennial grasslands in the Central Valley of California. Here you can find the abstract (below), and a PDF version of the presentation…