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2014-04-22 12:32:53

How ranches safeguard California's natural environments SACRAMENTO, Calif., April 22, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Tim Koopmann is every bit as protective of the endangered California tiger salamander that live on his 850-acre ranch in Sunol as he is of the cattle. Scott Stone is a loyal steward of thousands of acres of native grasslands and riparian habitats he helped restore on his beef ranch in Yolo County. Jack Varian is a fierce guardian of the water that runs over his V6...

2014-03-19 23:02:46

A study published in the current issue of Rangeland Ecology & Management investigates the correlation between human development and the dissemination of invasive plants. The researchers found a correlation, but also an unexpected effect of indirect human influence that allowed invasive plants to spread far beyond man-made centers. Lawrence, Kansas (PRWEB) March 19, 2014 Rangeland Ecology & Management – Do invasive plant species follow human activity into remote rangelands? If...

2014-02-11 23:04:12

A study featured in the current issue of Rangelands follows five breeds of cattle to determine resistance to larkspur poisoning. The results indicate that ranchers may be able to selectively breed cattle for larkspur resistance, as well as other toxic plants. Lawrence, KS (PRWEB) February 11, 2014 Rangelands – Cattle are not picky eaters: Put them in a pasture with toxic plants and edible grasses, and they quickly swallow both. For ranchers, this diet comes at a heavy price, with up to...

2014-01-22 20:20:25

CONTRA COSTA COUNTY, Calif., Jan. 22, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- An historic 400 acre ranch in Contra Costa County, home to the Walker family, the California tiger salamander, San Joaquin Kit Fox, western burrowing owl and the California red-legged frog, will remain forever protected thanks to the teamwork of the family, an energy solutions company, and the California Rangeland Trust. Through that unique partnership, the Walker family will continue to operate the ranch they love;...

2013-10-29 23:05:01

The special issue of Rangelands presents articles exploring strategic management of ever-changing environments. Researchers should seek to developing creative approaches to grazing management that allow flexibility over time. Lawrence, Kansas (PRWEB) October 29, 2013 Rangelands - Grazing management that extends the vitality of rangelands and ensures the best food sources for livestock is not a new concept. However, recognizing that they are not “rules of thumb” that can be applied...

2013-10-22 16:22:50

Donation will protect land where food grows and animals graze SACRAMENTO, Calif., Oct. 22, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- California's ranchlands are getting a significant financial boost to their conservation, thanks to a generous donation to California Rangeland Trust by Whole Foods Market. Whole Foods Market in northern California and Nevada donated $164,990, or five percent of net sales on Sept. 25, to the Rangeland Trust to conserve California's ranches that provide healthy...

2013-09-26 23:24:46

The authors of two companion papers featured in Rangeland Ecology & Management assess three main components of climate change: rising concentrations of atmospheric carbon dioxide, atmospheric warming, and altered patterns of precipitation. Increasing awareness of and preparedness for climatic variability will promote both the supply of ecosystem services and the maintenance of human livelihoods well into the future. Lawrence, KS (PRWEB) September 26, 2013 Since beginning of...

2013-09-04 08:03:26

Big global questions face us, among them: How will we feed a growing global population without ruining the soil and polluting freshwater?  Or meet our burgeoning energy demands while curbing the greenhouse gas emissions that fuel rising sea levels, flooding, drought, disease and wildfire? And what can we do to stem the extinction of thousands of other species that share the planet with us? These daunting “environmental” problems are not only in the domain of ecologists and...

2013-07-25 23:01:49

An article in the current issue of the journal Rangeland Ecology & Management provide a participatory method to develop indicators of plant and animal diversity that can evaluate many environments yet also be tailored to a specific habitat. The authors concluded that their method encourages group decision-making, and it easily and rapidly tests the response of biological diversity to grazing in an area. Lawrence, Kansas (PRWEB) July 25, 2013 People have long believed that too many...

2013-06-28 23:17:49

An article in the June issue of the journal Rangelands details a conservation partnership across 11 western states that is bringing a more unified approach to reducing threats to the sagebrush ecosystem and the wildlife that inhabits it. It is a proactive tactic to reduce the fuel that can feed wildfires and also lay a course for recovery of desired plant and wildlife in the wake of a fire. Lawrence, KS (PRWEB) June 28, 2013 A conservation partnership across 11 western states is bringing...