Rancher, Manager, and Scientist Forum on Rangeland Conservation

One way that the Central Coast Rangeland Coalition informs rangeland managers on priority issues is through a partnership with the Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District and regional Universities…read on for more information.


Thursday, January 2, 2014
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Elkhorn Slough Reserve
Lunch is not needed




Grey Hayes



See also: Central Coast Rangeland Coalition, Sustainable Human Systems

The Central Coast Rangeland Coalition’s (CCRC’s) Rancher, Manager, and Scientist Forum on Rangeland Conservation, has been funded by MROSD, and supported by in-kind contributions from the Elkhorn Slough Coastal Training Program, University of California, and Dr. Ford’s consulting firm (LD Ford Rangeland Conservation Science). The Forum focuses on key rangeland conservation topics, which have been identified through interviews of MROSD personnel and surveys of the CCRC membership. Graduate students have conducted reviews of the scientific literature on each topic, prepared formal papers, and given formal talks at CCRC meetings under the supervision of a faculty member and a Co-Principal Investigator. For many years, the Coalition focused on the highest priority topics, learning about the existing science related to each topic. The Forum has built personal trust of, and collaborated with, CCRC participants to better understand conservation problems and solutions, improving management planning and practices, and identifying knowledge gaps and priorities for future research. It has built “community” and respect among the stakeholders (and their colleagues and families) involved in rangeland management generally, and has helped earn public recognition for the important benefits of public and private rangeland stewardship based on science. It has also built upon the stated recognition that scientific credibility is central to CCRC’s activities.


The fundamental outcome of the Forum has been to improve communications and understanding between the participant sub-groups (ranchers, agency managers, technical advisors/consultants, educators, and scientists, as well as other readers of the reports) of the critical values of both scholarship and practical knowledge in improving rangeland management (short- and long-term). Over the short-term, this has provided more research-based information to professionals and the public as well as better communication about existing research. As such, this complements the programs of the CCRC meetings by providing a regular place for student presentations while allowing for discussion on these subjects between meeting participants.


During the first 4 years of the Forum— students have prepared three papers and presented four talks at CCRC meetings. Over the long-term, the Forum will continue to lead to new relevant research focused on helping land managers meet conservation goals cost efficiently. Additional outcomes of the Forum include: greater relevance and focus in development of rangeland conservation research programs by graduate students, their academic advisors, and professional research scientists (short-term); and increased consultation of both technical advisors and scientific reference documents by all parties involved in management planning, and thus improved management (short- and long-term).


We hope you will benefit from the resources provided here.  If you are interested in helping with the Forum, please contact us.


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.

Compatibility of livestock grazing and recreational use on coastal California public lands: Importance, interactions, and management solutions
Kristina M. Wolf, Roger A. Baldwin, and Sheila Barry
Central Coast Rangeland Coalition
April 2016
Grazing for conservation on public lands in urban California: rancher and manager perspectives on the prospects for partnership
Gareth Fisher
Central Coast Rangeland Coalition -in partnership with- Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District
March 18, 2012
Livestock management and water quality
PDF, 250KB
Lewis Reed
CCRC and Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District
April 2011
Sharing the range: managing wildlife impacts to livestock production in California Coast Range working landscapes
PDF, 145KB
Sheri Spiegal
University of California, Berkeley
October 2014
Stewarding Soil: promoting soil quality to meet management objectives on California rangelands
PDF, 481KB
Jasmine Westbrook and Susan Edinger Marshall
Central Coast Rangelands Coalition
October 2014

Questions and Answers

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