-- Protect all the threatened elements of rangeland ecosystems, including endangered species, soil, water, ranchers, agency managers, and the rangelands themselves.

-- Continually improve understanding and professional capacity to sustain grassland and savanna biodiversity and the livestock operations that support these ecosystems.


Use our unique combination of expertise in conservation science and rangeland management, especially in California's Mediterranean grasslands, to help clients succeed in their missions and cooperate with one another. We explore together to find solutions that meet the needs of diverse stakeholders.



1. Comprehensive Rangeland Assessment and Management Planning

2. Rangeland Monitoring and Grazing Lease/Easement Supervision

3. Short-term Technical Reviews, Updates, Advising, and Customized Training (click here for Supplementary Services)

4. Expert Consultations and Testimony for Legal Cases Involving Livestock, Grazing Infrastructure, and Rangeland Condition (click here for Summary of Cases)


We excel at listening to our clients’ needs, then leading teams of specialists and practitioners (as needed), using the best available scientific scholarship, to assess circumstances and assist in planning, implementation, supervision, monitoring, and adapting to future changes.

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**We’ve recently recognized that many of our clients need efficient, short-term, technical assistance. Click here for our Supplementary Services.

Photos by L. Ford--(left) typical effects of well-managed spring grazing by cattle on wildflowers and butterfly habitat, grazing on the right, excluded on the left (Santa Clara County, Calif.); (middle) an ideal stock pond for California red-legged frog habitat, partly fenced with grazing by cattle on the left, excluded on the right (Contra Costa County, Calif.); and (right) an ideal stock pond for California tiger salamander habitat, no exclusion of cattle grazing (Alameda County, Calif.).


Contact information:

Lawrence "Larry" D. Ford, Ph.D.
Principal and Senior Rangeland Conservation Scientist

5984 Plateau Drive, Felton, CA 95018-9253
Phone/Fax: 831.335.3959
Email: fordld "at"

Pete Van Hoorn, M.S.
Rangeland Ecologist and Project Manager

Phone: 510.710.4107
Email: petevanhoorn "at"


Technical Presentations by L. Ford and P. Van Hoorn: To view or download formal conference presentations by Dr. Ford or Mr. Van Hoorn about rangeland management and conservation, focusing on California annual grasslands and their special resources, go to "Presentations."


**NEWS--about Rangeland Management and Conservation... July 29, 2017:

1. Central Coast Rangeland Coalition Fall Meeting, October 19, 2017

The Central Coast Rangeland Coalition (CCRC) will hold its fall meeting October 19, 2017. Save the date. Venue, agenda, and registration will be announced soon. The meeting will a follow up to the workshop about predators April 2015. This workshop will focus on preventative tools for increasing livestock safety and carnivore tolerance, with practical examples. We will explore tools to prevent depredations as well as methods for increasing economic viability of ranching alongside carnivores. The first part will address animal husbandry practices, and the latter will address compensation programs and/or wildlife-friendly certification programs.

2. CCRC Rancher, Manager, and Scientist Forum on Rangeland Conservation

The CCRC Forum is moving ahead with the sixth scholar—Erin Campbell-Craven of CalPoly is completing her report on targeted grazing use and practices on the Central Coast. The final reports of past scholars can be viewed here.

3. Understanding Working Rangelands Website

UC Coop Extension’s Sheila Barry has a new updated website, “Understanding Working Rangelands,” which you can explore here. Detailed sections describe the following topics with reference to useful documents available for download: Rangeland Stewardship; Ranch and Farm Animals; Rangeland Plants; Rangeland Economics; and Other Links and Publications.