-- 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 our Supplementary Services)

4. Investigations and Expert Witnessing for Legal Cases Involving Livestock Grazing (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"

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... November 4, 2016:

1. Central Coast Rangeland Coalition Survey to Define Work Over Next 5 Years (deadline November 9, 2016, 5pm)

The Central Coast Rangeland Coalition (CCRC) asks you to take an online survey to rank topics for the Coalition’s Rancher, Manager, and Scientist Forum on Rangeland Conservation. We will use the results to define the graduate student reviews of the scientific literature on the 5 priority topics and to focus future meetings. The range of topics emerged from interviews of the Forum sponsors and from a 2015 survey of CCRC’s membership. The CCRC and its Forum represent an opportunity for ranchers, managers, and scientists to discuss and learn about pressing issues of management of Central Coast rangelands. These topics often haven’t yet had much scientific research applied, don’t yet have guidelines based on scientific expertise, and would be better understood by discussion.

Take the survey by clicking here.

2. “Knocking Out Noxious Weeds on Rangelands” Workshop Series, November 9 through December 14, 2016

This workshop series will offer significant opportunities to learn about the current science of rangeland pest plant management. The workshops will be held in 5 places throughout our state, and are designed for ranchers, consultants, and land managers. Speakers will cover a wide range of topics from effective strategies, reduced-risk practices while promoting biodiversity, and economic losses caused by pest plants.

Get more information and register by clicking here.

3. California Rangeland Conservation Coalition 2017 Summit, January 12-13, 2017

The 2017 Summit of the California Rangeland Conservation Coalition (CRCC) was just announced. Save the dates (January 12-13, 2017), and sign up for e-updates from the CRCC. Registration is not yet available.

Get more information by clicking here.