Range Management Advisory Committee
MISSION & GOALS
The Range Management Advisory Committee was statutorily created by Section 741 of the Public Resources Code of the State of California to advise the Board of Forestry and Fire Protection, the Resources Agency, the California Environmental Protection Agency, and the California Department of Food and Agriculture on rangeland resource issues.
MEETINGS & WEBINARS
The meetings will be held in Sacramento, but are subject to change.
To register for a webinar, please see the Board of Forestry & Fire Protection Homepage or the appropriate meeting agenda.
STAFF & MEMBERSHIP
Staff: Kristina Wolf, Environmental Scientist
The RMAC includes representatives from academia, industry, state agencies, consulting firms, and non-profit agencies. The current RMAC membership may be viewed in the following downloadable PDF: Members and Term Expiration
Meeting Materials 2022
- 4. Susan Marshall RMAC presentation outline July 21
- 4. CA RMAC Certified Rangeland Manager Survey 2020-04-20
- 4. RMAC California Rangeland Education Project Summary
- 4. RMAC Draft Rangeland Education Crosswalk
- 4. RMAC Susan Marshall Presentation on CRM Survey
- 5. RMAC All Hooves on Deck
- 6. RMAC Bilingual Grazing Mgr Training Project Overview (PDF)
- 6. RMAC Capacitación de Pastores
- 6. RMAC Grazier Training Flyer
- 7-a. RMAC Grazing Guidance Document Outline
- 7-b. RMAC License DRAFT 2022-07-19
- 7-c. RMAC Land Mgmt Plan DRAFT 2022-06-24
- 8-a. RMAC Workshop Topics July 2022
- 8-b. RMAC Workshop Topics July 2022 REV from Chair
- 9-a. RMAC Annual Priorities July 2022
- 9-b. RMAC Annual Priorities July 2022 REV from Chair
- 3. SLGLLM Q and A DGS_V2 (PDF)
- 4. RMAC CalCAN RMAC Presentation (PDF)
- 4. RMAC Prescribed and Targeted Grazing Infrastructure Budget Letter to Governor - 4-6-22 (PDF)
- 4. RMAC Prescribed and Targeted Grazing Infrastructure Budget Letter to Senate - 4-6-22 (PDF)
- 4. RMAC Food and Farm Resilience Coalition Budget Letter to Governor (PDF)
- 4. RMAC Nature-Based Solutions Budget Change Proposal (PDF)
- 4. RMAC Asm R Rivas + Legislator Sign-on - Food and Agriculture Budget Request - 3-31-22 (PDF)
- 4. SLGLLM License Outline DRAFT 2022-04-05 (PDF)
- 5. RMAC Noxious Weed Program - CDFA (PDF)
- 5. SLGLLM Land Mgmt Plan DRAFT 2022-04-05 (PDF)
- 6. SLGLLM Guidance Booklet DRAFT (PDF)
- 7. RMAC Workshop Topics Brainstorming (PDF)
- 8. RMAC Annual Priorities 2022 DRAFT (PDF)
- 8. RMAC 2020 Strategic Plan (PDF)
- 9. RMAC b-iv. Update from California Wool Growers Association (PDF)
CAL FIRE’s Wildfire Prevention (WP) Grants Program provides funding for wildfire prevention projects and activities in and near fire threatened communities that focus on increasing the protection of people, structures, and communities. In this webinar, CALFIRE and UC Extension specialists explained the ins and outs of applying for the current WP Grant cycle to fund prescribed grazing projects. Details discussed included the application process, when a grazing plan is required, the basics of grazing for fuel reduction, and considerations when planning grazing projects for wildfire fuel mitigation.
These presentations are available due to a partnership between the California Board of Forestry and Fire Protection's Range Management Advisory Committee and Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo.
The Wildfire Prevention Grant is open until March 15th, 2023. Also see the Wildfire Prevention Grants Program.
The Range Management Advisory Committee co-hosted a virtual workshop with the California Fire Science Consortium to discuss the use of prescribed livestock grazing as a tool to support sustainable fuel reduction and environmental management in multi-use landscapes. This year focused on the ins and outs of contract/targeted grazing on public and private lands in the wildland-urban interface and other at-risk communities.
Three separate workshops highlighted case studies of successful grazing contracts and partnerships. Sheep, goat, and cattle producers across the Northern, Central, and Southern regions of California shared their experiences conducting grazing projects to manage fuels in a variety of landscapes and contexts, and included John Mark Austel from 4 J Horse & Livestock, Lee Hazeltine and Laura Gunderson from Integrazers, Andrée and Bianca Soares from Star Creek Land Stewards, Cole Bush from Shepherdess Land & Livestock, Jaime Irwin from Kaos Sheep Outfit, and Elizabeth Reikowski from Willow Creek Land & Cattle. Dan Macon from U.C. Cooperative Extension set the stage for the seminar by providing an introduction to targeted, contract, and fee-for-service grazing, with a focus on fire risk mitigation. Contracting entities also shared their experiences, and included representatives from the California Department of Fish and Wildlife, Ojai Valley Community Supported Grazing Program and local Fire Safe Councils, and the Land Trust of Napa County. The final session also included a speaker from Ascent Environmental, which is assisting the Board of Forestry & Fire Protection in the development and funding of Project-Specific Analyses (PSAs) for Cal Vegetation Treatment Program (CalVTP) projects. The presenters led a discussion on grazing as a covered activity under the CalVTP, funding for completion of PSAs, eligible projects, and the use of the CalVTP Programmatic Environmental Impact Report (PEIR) for CalVTP projects.
Full recordings may be viewed at the links below:
Please see the California Fire Science Consortium event page for further details: https://www.cafiresci.org/events-webinars-source/category/rmac2021
In the fall of 2020, the California Range Management Advisory Committee co-hosted a virtual workshop with the California Fire Science Consortium to discuss the use of prescribed livestock grazing as a sustainable fuel reduction and environmental management tool. Three separate workshops were hosted on the following topics:
- Wildland Fuels: A Primer for Concerned Citizens & Grazers
- Using Grazing for Fuels Management 101: Practices & Strategies
- Organizing Community-Based Wildland Fuels Management Projects: Approaches and Examples
Additional information and links to the recorded sessions can be found at the Fire Science Consortium’s webpage.
THE NEXT RMAC MEETING IS SCHEDULED for Thursday, February 23rd at 12:30 PM at the Robert Cabral Agricultural Center in Stockton, and may also be attended virtually: REGISTER HERE
THE RMAC AND CALIFORNIA RANGELAND CONSERVATION COALITION (CRCC) are teaming up to bring you the Joint Range Conference on February 24th , a combined educational workshop on Navigating Grazing Agreements and Funding Proposals in the morning, followed by the CRCC Annual Summit in the afternoon. This is a two-part conference with morning and afternoon sessions:
- AM: Navigating the Proposal Process for Wildfire Fuels Treatment Using Prescribed Grazing – RMAC
- PM: Working Rangelands: Graze to Reduce the Blaze – CRCC
There are three tiers of participation:
- Morning session only, virtual, no-cost RMAC workshop; upon registration you will receive a link to participate.
- Morning session only, in-person, no-cost RMAC workshop; doors open to the Robert Cabral Agricultural Center at 8 AM at 2102 East Earhart Ave, Stockton, CA, and the workshop starts at 9 AM.
- Afternoon session only, in-person (lunch included) or virtual (lunch not included); registration is $20 (students) to $35 (general)
For more detailed information on the agenda and speakers and to register, click HERE; you will receive a confirmation email with registration link within a few days. For issues with registration, contact Kristina.Wolf@bof.ca.gov.
JOIN US MARCH 18, 2023 FOR A FIELD DAY at the East Bay Regional Parks District.
Join the Range Management Advisory Committee and Cal Poly’s Swanton Pacific Ranch Fuels Management Training Program on Thursday, March 16, 2023 8:30am-4:00pm, to learn about increasing the use of targeted grazing from the East Bay Regional Parks District (EBRPD) and Star Creek Land Stewards. Participants will improve their understanding of why people might choose targeted grazing as part of a vegetation management and fuels reduction strategy, and how that gets implemented. Spots are limited, so register soon!
For more information and to register, click HERE.
CHECK OUT INFORMATION FROM THE January 18, 2023 virtual workshop on the Wildfire Prevention Grants Program, closing March 15, 2023, by visiting the “Workshops” section on this webpage. This workshop was made possible by a partnership between Cal Poly’s Swanton Pacific Ranch, CAL FIRE, UC Cooperative Extension, and the RMAC.
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