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Our research and outreach focuses on the diverse managed ecosystems that comprise California rangelands. We study and promote management to support the multitude of services that rangelands provide to society. >>More


Increasing Flexibility in Rangeland Management During Drought Ecosphere >>More
Montane Meadow Plant Community Response to Livestock Grazing Environ. Manag. >>More
Western Land Managers will Need all Available Tools for Adapting to Climate Change, Including Grazing Environ. Manag. >>More


Ranching and California's Drought A Workshop and Webcast On November 7th this workshop will tell you the story of the Drought Monitor, in particular how the map may help you qualify for drought relief assistance – and how local California experience and information can be used to inform the drought mapping process. Results will also be shared from current studies of how ranchers are impacted by and managing for drought on their ranches, as well as on the newest livestock drought feeding strategies. The California state climatologist will present the forecast for the coming season. >>More  >>PDF

The Economic Impact of the California Drought "The resulting net water shortage of 1.5 million acre-feet will also cause loses of $203 million in dairy and other livestock value, plus additional groundwater pumping costs. Direct costs to agriculture will total $1.5 billion." >>Food, Nutrition & Science from The Lempert Report

Drought: Ranchers' Perspective and Management Strategies Policy Brief May 2014 >>More

California Rancher Decision Making Survey Results from our collaboration with California Cattlemen’s Association, California Farm Bureau Federation and UC Cooperative Extension to survey over 500 California beef cattle ranchers who manage rangelands. >>More

Drought Spells Trouble For Ranchers "This is the financial dilemma facing almost every rancher from Nevada to California and Oregon, as one of the worst droughts in a century continues its stubborn grip. The timing also couldn't be worse. The cattle industry is just starting to slowly rebound from a prolonged drought in the largest cattle-producing regions in the U.S. — Texas and the southern plains." >>NPR

Farmer and Rancher Voices from the Drought The California drought is having a profound effect on the state's farm and ranch families. This page features their stories. >>More

California ranchers anticipate devastating drought impacts, study finds As California braces for record drought, ranchers are among the most immediately impacted, and most say they are not ready for the severe water shortages and lack of forage that drought would bring, according to a new study by researchers at the University of California, Davis >>More


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