Proposals to the Russell L. Rustici Rangeland and Cattle Research Endowment are due Tuesday, December 1, 2020 The program supports collaborative research between UC academics and range cattle producers to provide practical answers to critical issues and challenges facing the industry.
Just Published! Riparian health improves with managerial effort to implement livestock distribution practices A study conducted across 46 grazed riparian areas finds that appropriate managerial investments in grazing distributional practices can improve riparian health.
Just Published! Microbial Water Quality Conditions Associated with Livestock Grazing, Recreation, and Rural Residences in Mixed-Use Landscapes Study of fecal indicator bacteria concentrations associated with extensive livestock grazing, recreation, and rural residences in three watersheds in California found 87% of sample sites were below contemporary Escherichia coli-based microbial water quality standards.
Just Published! Increases in Soil and Woody Biomass Carbon Stocks as a Result of Rangeland Riparian Restoration Study concludes that revegetating rangeland streambanks for erosion control has a substantial additional benefit of mitigating global climate change, and should be considered in carbon accounting and any associated financial compensation mechanisms.
- Riparian Conservation in Grazed Landscapes – Management Effort MattersGrazing management practices such as herding, strategic placement of livestock nutritional supplements and drinking water stations, and strategic fencing have the potential to reduce negative impacts of livestock to riparian areas. — read more
- Is the water dirty? Well, it depends upon the bacteria standardContemporary research demonstrates that E. coli is superior to fecal coliforms as a proxy for fecal pollution from warm-blooded mammals. This is due to the “fecal” coliform test’s chronic detection of non-fecal, environmental coliform bacteria. — read more
Working Rangeland Wednesdays
Join us for Working Rangelands Wednesdays, where we explore topics around rangeland agriculture in California and across the West. The goal of this webinar series is to discuss challenges related to managing multiple-use rangelands through an applied, land manager-oriented lens.