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The goal for this event was to promote linkages between managers and researchers interested in rangeland management for multiple ecosystem services, such as clean water, nutrient sequestration, forage and livestock production, habitat and biodiversity. There is a clear need for increased integration of management and research knowledge in determining strategies to simultaneously enhance multiple services. Presentations showcased some of the current research on rangeland management for ecosystem services. Throughout the day, emphasis was placed on identifying strategies to enhance multiple services, understanding the mechanisms driving management success and failure, and creating a forum for managers and researchers to share and learn from each other now and in the future.

The recently initiated Prescribed Grazing for Ecosystem Service Project was introduced with a project overview, presentation of preliminary results from a survey of almost 500 California ranchers about ecosystem management, a field visit to a large scale prescribed grazing trial, and discussions of opportunities for collaboration on all aspects of the project in California and Wyoming.



Ken Tate, Managing Rangelands for Multiple Ecosystem Services. Introduction to managing for ecosystem services on rangelands with discussion of the current supporting science, information gaps, and the Prescribed Grazing for Ecosystem Service Project. >> Get PDF

Justin Derner, Livestock as Ecosystem Engineers. Discussion of potential to use livestock as ecosystem engineers to enhance grassland bird habitat, and the potential benefits and consequences for species conservation and ranch profit. >> Get PDF

Valerie Eviner, Managing the drivers of ecosystem services in California’s grasslands. Report current research focusing on the controls over multiple services in California’s grasslands (e.g., net primary production, nutrient cycling and retention, and weed control), and discussion of implications for management to enhance these services. >> Get PDF

Leslie Roche, Oak Management Impacts on Multiple Ecosystem Services. Discussion of tradeoffs among ecosystem services along a rangeland vegetation management gradient from intact native oak woodlands to cleared, open grasslands. >> Get PDF

Mark Lubell, Integrating Ecosystem Services into Adaptive Rangeland Management. Range Manager Decision Making Survey on Ecosystem Goals and Management. Preliminary report of what almost 500 California ranchers told us about their ecosystem management priorities and decision making processes.

Prescribed Grazing Trial. Visit to active grazing experiment in which we are evaluating impacts of grazing intensity and seaso on cattle production, grassland bird habitat, nutrient and pollutant distribution, N cycling, and weed suppression. >> Get PDF



Ken Tate, Russell L. Rustici Endowed Chair of Rangeland Watershed Sciences, CE Specialist and Vice Chair for Outreach & Extension, Department of Plant Sciences, UC Davis

Leslie Roche, Postdoctoral Researcher, Department of Plant Sciences, UC Davis

Valerie Eviner, Associate Professor and Associate Ecologist in AES, Department of Plant Sciences, UC Davis

Justin Derner, Research Leader and Rangeland Scientist, USDA ARS High Plains Grasslands Research Station,WY

Mark Lubell, Professor, Department of Environmental Science and Policy, UC Davis

Emily Kachergis,
Postdoctoral Researcher, USDA ARS High Plains Grasslands Research Station, WY

Alexis Robertson, Graduate Student Researcher, Department of Plant Sciences, UC Davis

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