+ JOIN OUR MAILING LIST flickr

Training

How and Why to Manage and Monitor for Residual Dry Matter (RDM)

Date

Tuesday, September 30, 2008
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM


Lunch will be provided

COST: $20.00
Payable by check to Elkhorn Slough Foundation

REGISTRATION FOR THIS PROGRAM IS CLOSED


Instructor Information

Dr. James Bartolome
Professor
University of California at Berkeley

Bruce Cotterill
Rangeland Management Specialist
Bureau of Land Management

Keith Guenther

Keith Guenther
Consultant
Wildland Solutions

Contact

Grey Hayes
grey@elkhornslough.org
(831) 274-8700

Sponsors

Description

See also: Central Coast Rangelands Coalition, Sustainable Human SystemsOn Friday September 30th, the Elkhorn Slough Coastal Training Program hosted a day long workshop on residual dry matter (RDM). RDM is a term referring to the accumulation of dead plant material and is used in rangelands as a monitoring tool to indicate watershed health and rangeland productivity. RDM is used by land management agencies as they oversee ranchers and by conservation groups when they create easements for privately held lands. There has been decades of science and use of RDM in California. The goals of this workshop were: teach participants what RDM is and why they might use it; teach participants how agencies use RDM in practice and how to best apply it in their work; teach participants how to set up an RDM monitoring plan, and; train participants how to monitor RDM in practice (field-based training). Highlights of the workshop were: clarification on the scale and methodology for monitoring RDM in oak woodlands and savannas; review of pasture-based field mapping at the large scale as an important methodology for monitoring, and; realization that RDM was originally developed for maintaining rangeland productivity (and it is still most appropriately used for such). Audiences attending the workshop were: public and private land managers, including ranchers and other conservation lands stewards; agency regulators; agency advisors, and; biological consultants.

Documents and Publications

DOCUMENT AUTHOR / SOURCE
WORKSHOP MATERIALS
Agenda: How and Why to Manage for RDM
PDF, 9KB
Elkhorn Slough Coastal Training Program

Contact List: How and Why to Manage and Monitor for Residual Dry Matter
PDF, 16KB
Elkhorn Slough Coastal Training Program

PEER-REVIEWED PUBLICATIONS
California Guidelines for Residual Dry Matter (RDM) Management on Coastal and Foothill Annual Rangelands
PDF, 389KB
James W. Bartolome, William E. Frost, Neil K. McDougald, and Michael Connor
University of California
2006
OTHER INFORMATION
Grassland Management Plan for Palo Corona Regional Park
PDF, 2.8MB
Jodi M. McGraw, Keith Guenther
Monterey Peninsula Regional Park District
Feb 26, 2007

Links

Monitoring Annual Grassland RDM
http://www.wildlandsolutions.com/rdm/

Questions and Answers

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