Conservation Easements to Keep Ranches Working - Central Coast Rangeland Coalition Spring 2018 Meeting

Conservation Easements to Keep Ranches Working - Central Coast Rangeland Coalition Spring 2018 Meeting program image

This is the twice-a-year meeting of the Central Coast Rangeland Coalition. The goal of this meeting is to improve the opportunity for mitigation conservation easements to support working rangeland sustainability on the Central Coast. This is a joint meeting of the California-Pacific Section of the Society for Range Management and Central Coast Rangeland Coalition.


Thursday, April 19, 2018
8:30 AM - 4:00 PM
Koopman Ranch
Lunch will be provided

Registration Opens: Tue, Mar 6, 2018

Deadline to Register: Mon, Mar 26, 2018

Cost: $35.00
Payable by check to Elkhorn Slough Foundation
Payable by credit card (online)

Seats Available: 25 of 100 REGISTER NOW
Please only register for yourself, registration requires a unique email address.

Instructor Information

Lina Aoyama
MS Range Student
University of California, Berkeley

Sheila Barry
Livestock and Natural Resource Extension Advisor
UC Cooperative Extension

Michael Delbar
Chief Operating Officer
California Rangeland Trust

Dr. Larry Ford
LD Ford Rangeland Conservation Science

Erik Gantenbein
Preserve Manager
Center for Natural Lands Management

Reid Johnsen
Doctoral Candidate
UC Berkeley

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

Darrel Sweet
Sweet Ranches

Matt Wacker
Senior Associate
H.T. Harvey & Associates


Grant Lyon


UC Cooperative ExtensionUC Cooperative Extension


See also: Central Coast Rangelands Coalition, Sustainable Human Systems


The use of mitigation easements on both private and public land has dramatically increased on rangeland sites throughout California.  The goal of this meeting will be to improve understanding of the opportunities and challenges that conservation easements provide in conserving working rangelands on California’s Central Coast rangelands -- from the perspectives of ranchers, agencies, and other rangeland owners.  We will consider current conservation threats, types of conservation easements, the effectiveness of easements across generations, landowner and rancher opportunities to participate in mitigation easements and easement monitoring and management. 



Improve the opportunity for mitigation conservation easements to support working rangeland sustainability on the Central Coast.



●      Identify and understand the threats to sustaining working rangelands on the Central Coast and the conservation values associated with these lands.

●      Improve the understanding of the role of various types of conservation easements in sustaining working rangelands, with a focus on mitigation easements.

●      Provide information to ranchers, landowners, consultants and land trusts to work towards improved mitigation policy, creation of easements and planning for sustaining working rangelands.

●      Foster productive discussion of these topics. 


Meeting Format

This workshop will consist of indoor lectures and a panel discussion in the morning and an afternoon field excursion to sites featuring conservation easements. Participants will carpool between the morning session and the afternoon field site. There will also be small group discussions interspersed throughout the day to give participants an opportunity to share their expertise and learn from the diverse experiences of other meeting participants. 


Registration Information

Please note - your registration will not be final until we receive and acknowledge payment of $35. You can pay online at the link provided after you register, or you can mail a check made out to Elkhorn Slough Foundation addressed to Coastal Training Program, c/o ESF, 1700 Elkhorn Road, Watsonville, CA 95076.


Please register only yourself - no third party registration is allowed, as this frequently causes problems. Registration deadline is March 27, 2018, 5 p.m. If you cancel, we can refund payment minus $10 processing fee before that deadline, but cannot refund anything if you cancel after that date. We reserve the right to cancel this workshop before March 29, in which case we will provide full refund. If you sign up, please show up - repeated failure to provide timely notification of inability to attend can jeopardize future registration opportunities. If you choose to pay at the door instead of registering ahead, the cost is $50.

Documents and Publications

CCRC Spring 2018 Agenda
PDF, 116KB
Sheila Barry
February 2018


Society for Range Management

Questions and Answers

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