Grazing Workshop for California Department of Fish and Wildlife Staff

This is a basic workshop on livestock grazing ecology and planning for CDFW employees.


Friday, February 24, 2017
8:30 AM - 3:30 PM
Plant and Environmental Sciences Building, UC Davis
Please bring your own lunch



Instructor Information

Mr. Ben Day
Policy and Procedure Analyst
Business Management Branch, CDFW

Mr. Tim Koopman
SFPUC Area Land Manager and local rancher
San Francisco Public Utilities Commission

Ms. Teresa Le Blanc
Senior Environmental Scientist
Lands Program/Wildlife Branch, CDFW

Dr. Leslie Roche
Rangeland Management Specialist
UC Cooperative Extension

Dr. Ken Tate
Professor and Cooperative Extension Specialist of Rangeland Science
Department of Plant Sciences at the University of California, Davis


Grey Hayes



See also: California Fish and Wildlife Staff Trainings, Maintaining Biodiversity




Increase participant understanding of grazing policy, planning, and ecology to improve management on CDFW lands.




Participants will improve their knowledge of:


·       CDFW regulations that allow use of grazing as a management tool, including

o   CDFW’s ‘new permit’ process

o   CDFW tools and guidance for advertising and awarding processes

·       Ecological interactions with grazing, including:

o   Effects of grazing in riparian and wetland areas

·       Goal setting

·       Management strategies, including

o   Rotational, seasonal, targeted grazing

o   Testing strategies

o   Planning for drought

·       Monitoring

·       Developing conservation grazing management plans





This workshop is for California Department of Fish and Wildlife staff interested in learning the basics about livestock grazing management and procedure. We start the day with participants hearing some basics from other CDFW staff who are knowledgeable about policy and procedure. Though this portion of the day will not be comprehensive, presenters will provide participants with links and other additional resources. The day proceeds with information on grazing lands ecology, goal setting, and planning with UC Cooperative Extension experts covering both general information as well as an emphasis on riparian and wetlands systems. The workshop concludes with presentation and discussion focused on developing conservation grazing plans that are practical and effective. The workshop will include limited time for discussion and more extensive provision of additional resources to assist the participants after the workshop. We are planning on a follow-up field trip in the Spring to build on this workshop content by illustrating more in-depth planning and monitoring guidance.


Registration Details


There is no cost for this workshop, though you’ll have to provide your own lunch. Given limited time and the location, it is a better idea to pack your lunch than to rely on purchasing a lunch at the location.


Please review the website for workshop location and parking. Government licence plates (E) park for free. Non-E plates must pay a $9 parking fee. It would be best to carpool. Please plan on arriving by 8:30am as the most convenient parking lot, Lot 15, is a popular student lot and fills early.


Note: if you register for this workshop, please plan on attending. If you register and do not attend, we may not offer you priority enrollment in future training events. To provide training for free requires substantial subsidization of resources including instructor and organizer time, materials, refreshments, etc.  Not showing, or cancelling late wastes time and  money and jeopardizes our ability to offer future training for CDFW. If you must cancel after registration, please let us know as soon as you know- even the very last minute (via phone message).

Documents and Publications

Contact List
We encourage participants to download the contact list to assist with arranging a rideshare or to get in contact with someone you met at the workshop. Those interested in sharing a ride to the event are marked on the contact list.

Agenda: Grazing Workshop for CDFW
Grey Hayes, PhD
Elkhorn Slough Coastal Training Program
January 2017
A scientific assessment of the effectiveness of riparian management practices
PDF, 2.3MB
Mel R. George, Randy D. Jackson, Chad S. Boyd, and Ken W. Tate
Chapter 5: The USDA Rangeland Conservation Practice Effectiveness Program
Cattle grazing and conservation of a meadow-dependent amphibian species in the Sierra Nevada
PDF, 755KB
Leslie M. Roche , Andrew M. Latimer, Danny J. Eastburn, Kenneth W. Tate
PLoS ONE 7(4): e35734
On-ranch grazing strategies: Context for the rotational grazing dilemma
PDF, 704KB
L.M. Roche B.B. Cutts, J.D. Derner, M.N. Lubell, K.W. Tate
Rangeland Ecology & Management 68: pp. 248–256
Sustaining working rangelands: Insights from rancher decision making
PDF, 981KB
Leslie M. Roche, Tracy K. Schohr, Justin D. Derner, Mark N. Lubell, Bethany B. Cutts, Emily Kachergis, Valerie T. Eviner and Kenneth W. Tate
Rangeland Ecology & Management, 68(5):383-389


Cattle Grazing, Sensitive Species Conservation, and Public Lands Planning

Questions and Answers

Submit a question on this subject and we'll provide an answer. info@elkhornsloughctp.org