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Grazing Management

Understanding and managing how livestock grazing affects our open space is a major concern of the Natural Resources and Livestock program. Properly managed, grazing can coexist with other goals of open space preservation, including: water quality management, control of invasive plant species, and maintenance of endangered habitat.

(Click on links to view Presentations, Summaries and Video Clips) 

Introduction - Society for Range Management - California-Pacific Section

Dr. James Bartolome — Components of Managed Grazing and Complexity of ducting Grazing Studies   PowerPoint Presentation    Summary  

Dr. Fred Provenza - Using our Knowledge of Livestock Behavior towards conservation efforts
PowerPoint Presentation      Summary

Dr. Grey Hayes - Cattle Grazing Impacts on California Coastal Prairie
PowerPoint Presentation      Summary

Dr. Jaymee Marty - Grazing Effects on Biodiversity & Ecosystem Function in CA Vernal Pool Grasslands  PowerPoint Presentation      Summary

Dr. David Germano - Managing Exotic Species and Conserving Declining Species

Dr. Barbara Allen-Diaz - Grazing Spring-Fed Wetlands; Tradeoffs for Manager 
PowerPoint Presentation   Summary

Theresa Becchetti - Riparian Grazing Strategies and their Impact on Riparian Health
PowerPoint Presentation      Summary

 Dr. Doug Bell - Lizard Abundance in Managed Central California Grasslands
 PowerPoint Presentation    Summary

Joe DiDonato - Endangered Amphibian Research within Grazed Grasslands
PowerPoint Presentation      Summary

Dr. Barbara Allen-Diaz - Livestock Grazing and Yosemite Toads 
Power Point Presentation     

Sasha Gennet - Association of Vegetation Composition and Canopy Structure with Songbirds in California Valley Grasslands 
PowerPoint Presentation   Summary

Dr. Larry Ford - The Central Coast Rangeland Coalition: Rangeland Health Indicators Project
PowerPoint Presentation      Summary

Stephanie Larson — Modeling Livestock Movement to Manage Landscapes 
PowerPoint Presentation      Summary

Dr. Wolfgang Pittroff — Prescribed Herbivory for Fire Fuels Management
PowerPoint Presentation      Summary  

Dr. Susan Marshall — Soil Compaction and Strength: Measurement Methods and Influences on Perennial Native Grasses
PowerPoint Presentation       Summary

Dan Macon — Innovative Grazing Management 
PowerPoint Presentation      Summary


The following websites delve more into grazing issues:  


 Understanding Livestock Grazing Impacts http://www.grazingimpacts.info/index.php

Grazing impacts are complex and occur as a series of continuums, not as an all good or all bad situation. The Understanding Livestock Grazing Impacts website gives livestock managers a better understanding of how to use specific grazing strategies to achieve their objectives. Using the planning and analysis information on this website, livestock managers can:

  • Prepare a realistic livestock management plan
  • Learn about indicators and criteria used to assist in evaluating rangeland health and predicting grazing impacts
  • Analyze and evaluate the indicators relevant to their project
  • Understand how and why to monitor grazing impacts
  • Include the dominant rangeland cover types when predicting grazing impacts

Certified Rangeland Managers
The California Section of the Society for Range Management (CASRM) certifies professional rangeland managers based on standards for education, range management experience, and ethics. Click through to the CASRM website  for:

  • current list of Certified Rangeland Managers
  • information about certification requirements
  • Application for Certification

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