-- 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: ldfordrangeland "at"

Felix P. Ratcliff, Ph.D.
Rangeland Conservation Scientist and Project Manager

Phone: 510.282.7332
Email: felixratcliff "at"

Pete A. Van Hoorn, M.S.
Rangeland Ecologist

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... September 17, 2018:

1. Central Coast Rangeland Coalition Fall Meeting, Rangeland Productivity, Swanton Pacific Ranch, Swanton, CA, October 18, 2018

The Central Coast Rangeland Coalition (CCRC) will hold its fall meeting October 18, 2018—Rangeland Productivity at Swanton Pacific Ranch on the coast in Santa Cruz County. The meeting will address alternate methods of cattle management and corollary effects on productivity and soil. It is also an opportunity to see Cal Poly’s teaching a research facility, and learn about their progress and plans. Indoor lectures, panel discussion will occur in the morning, followed by lunch, then afternoon field sessions. In the CCRC tradition, small group discussions throughout the day will give participants an opportunity to share their expertise and learn from other meeting participants. Agenda and registration are available at -- .

2. California-Pacific Section Society for Range Management Fall Meeting and Humboldt State University Range/Soil 50th Anniversary, Arcata, CA, October 11-14, 2018

The California-Pacific Section of the Society for Range Management will hold its fall meeting in conjunction with the 50th Anniversary of the Rangeland Resource Science and Wildland Soils program at Humboldt State University in Arcata October 11-14, 2018. The main program will be Friday, October 12 with indoor talks, lunch, and a dinner banquet. On Saturday, October 13 A field trip will take participants to the Bear River Valley and Ferndale area for tours of proposed and actual burned costal rangelands. Lunch and transportation will be provided for the field trip. Register at .