FRASC Past Meetings:

Sustainable Rangeland Management in California

Thanks to everyone who joine us for our meeting March 13 on sustainable rangeland management in California. We had a lively discussion and learned quite a bit from both our panel members and all of those that joined us. The meeting materials are below. If you have any comments or suggestions, please let us know.


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Meeting Materials:

Meeting Agenda (pdf)

Meeting Invite (pdf)

Meeting Notes (pdf)

Meeting Webinar Recording (windows media player format)



We would like to offer you the opportunity to respond to the same questions our panelists answered. Click here to view the questions.If you have any responses you would like to provide, or if you have any other feedback, we welcome your input.


Panel Speakers:

  • Pelayo Alvarez - Director, California Rangeland Conservation Coalition
  • Ceci Dale-Cesmat - State Rangeland Management Specialist, Natural Resource Conservation Service
  • Frank Dawley – Owner, Big Bluff Ranch, Red Bluff, CA
  • Jack Hamby - Associate Manager, California Desert District, Bureau of Land Management
Speaker Bios



We are meeting to give FRAP a basis for addressing rangeland management issues in the 2015 assessment.



  • To define characteristics of sustainable rangeland management.
  • To examine the suite of ecosystems services provided by rangeland in California, both on private and public land.
  • To discuss the threats to maintaining working ranchland, and possible solutions to those problems.



The largest resource-based land use type in the state is our rangelands. Used primarily for livestock grazing, these lands have many other beneficial uses, both competitive and coincidental. Competition between potential uses for the land has led to problems maintaining those uses. Cost effective protection, monitoring and restoration of rangeland can be challenging.  In 2010 our evaluation of rangeland examined the threat of wildfire (for that and more click here).

For our 2015 assessment, we would like to further the concept of sustainable range management, including ecosystem services and the multiple benefits rangelands provide as natural areas and working landscapes. We would also like to further the discussion of how to prevent rangeland from becoming a low-priority or mismanaged landscape.




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