VISIONS

-- 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.

MISSION

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.

 

We provide the following RANGELAND CONSERVATION SERVICES:

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.

Please request our Statement of Qualifications.

**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" sbcglobal.net

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

Phone: 510.710.4107
Email: petevanhoorn "at" gmail.com

 

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... September 20, 2017:

1. Central Coast Rangeland Coalition Fall Meeting, Ranching in Carnivore Country, October 19, 2017

The Central Coast Rangeland Coalition (CCRC) will hold its fall meeting October 19, 2017--Ranching in Carnivore Country, Livestock Protection and Compensation Programs on the Central Coast. The meeting will address tools for increasing livestock safety and carnivore tolerance on California's central coast rangelands - from the perspectives of ranchers, agencies, and other rangeland owners. This workshop is a follow up to the CCRC workshop about predators April 2015. Agenda and registration are available here.

2. "Testing a Remote Sensing-Based Interactive System for Monitoring Grazed Conservation Lands” article in press in Rangelands

Larry Ford, Pete Van Hoorn, and colleagues at TNC and ICF just published an article in the journal Rangelands, "Testing a Remote Sensing-Based Interactive System for Monitoring Grazed Conservation Lands.” TNC recently developed RDMapper, a web-based tool that uses satellite-based productivity estimates, rainfall records, and compliance history to identify grazed grasslands at risk of being below the required level of residual dry matter (RDM). Previously, TNC had reduced their monitoring costs by 42% due to adding RDMapper to their monitoring toolkit. We applied RDMapper on six non-TNC properties, and correctly predicted RDM compliance on 74% of the management units. The article describes potential benefits, hurdles, and best practices for landowners interested in using RDMapper to increase monitoring efficiency, and recommendations to improve it. A corrected pre-publication proof is available here.

3. California-Pacific Section Society for Range Management Fall Meeting, Rangeland Ecosystem Services, October 17-18, 2017

The California-Pacific Section of the Society for Range Management will hold its fall meeting in Volcano, CA, October 17-18, 2017. The one-day workshop (Oct 18) will focus on rangeland ecosystem services: what do we know about rangeland ecosystem services?; how are they valued?; and what are the policy and prac cal applica ons? Register here.