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. Investigations and Expert Witness for Legal Cases Involving Livestock and Rangelands


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.

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... September 1, 2016:

1. Central Coast Rangeland Coalition, Fall 2016 Meeting, October 20, 2016, Byron, CA

This meeting will provide participants with the most current science-based grazing management strategies that benefit California grassland plants and birds. On conservation properties, ranchers are often asked to check on fields and move cattle much more frequently than they normally would. This significantly increases the time commitment from the rancher and reduces the cost-effectiveness of their operation. This meeting will provide ranchers and land management agencies the opportunity to better understand each other’s needs, and come up with management strategies that benefit plants and birds, and that are cost-effective for the rancher. It will be held on Thursday, October 20, 2016, 9:00am – 5:00pm at Vaquero Farms, 15,500 Vasco Road, Byron, CA.

For more information, and to pre-register, click here

2. California-Pacific Section, Society for Range Management, Fall Meeting, October 26-28, Volcano, Hawaii

The fall meeting of CalPac will return to Hawaii. Events will be on the east side of the Big Island, about 30 miles southwest of Hilo, and at the Kilauea Military Camp (KMC; from October 26-28, 2016.

For more information, and to register, click here

3. UC Santa Cruz KS Norris Center for Natural History, Public Open House, Hay Barn, November 12-13, 2016

The theme of this event is “cross-pollination” about the art and science of Santa Cruz insects. It will showcase the artwork of Maryjo Koch and the Randall Morgan Insect Collection. The event will be Saturday and Sunday, November 12 and 13 at UC Santa Cruz’s newly restored Hay Barn near the base of campus. It is hosted by the new Kenneth S. Norris Center for Natural History. As you’ll recall from an earlier email, I helped to establish an endowment to support the Norris Center, in honor of my mentor, Kenneth S. Norris. For me and many others, our career paths into rangeland management began with training in natural history.

For more information, click here