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…

Rodents, Snakes, and Raptors, oh my!

Wildlife responses to grassland restoration are perhaps more complex and less predictable than previously thought. I gave the most complete presentation of the results of my wildlife-grassland restoration research in an invited talk to the Sacramento-Shasta Chapter of The Wildlife Society (Invited Talk Flyer) at end of August, and the presentation can be found here. While more analyses…

“Summer water in a restored native grassland flushes annual grass seed bank but fails to increase native perennial cover” published!

Our manuscript entitled “Summer water in a restored native grassland flushes annual grass seed bank but fails to increase native perennial cover”, co-authored with Dr. Truman P. Young, has been published in the journal Ecosphere (see link here, or download here with supplemental material here). In this manuscript we detail our experiment to test summer watering to ‘flush’ the…

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…

Summer Watering to Flush Seedbanks manuscript is out!

PDF Download can be found here: Wolf and Young 2016 Online access can be otained here: Ecosphere Title: Summer water in a restored native grassland flushes annual grass seed bank but fails to increase native perennial cover Authors: K.M. Wolf and T.P. Young Citation: Wolf, K. M., and T. P. Young. 2016. Summer water in a restored…

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…

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…

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…