From invasive species to the effects of climate change, ranchers in California, like in many parts of the West, face a raft of environmental challenges as they strive to remain both profitable and good stewards of their land and water, according to an announcement from the Sustainable Agriculture Research & Education (SARE) program.
"It's incredibly important that scientists and ranchers and policy-makers work together, because the problems that we have to solve are going to require all of us," said Ken Tate, a rangeland specialist with the University of California-Davis.
In a new video, Tate and University of California-Davis colleague Valerie Eviner discuss how they are partnering with land managers throughout California’s Central Valley to collect local knowledge that can improve the ecological management of the state's rangelands. Their work, supported by SARE grants, is helping ranchers make better-informed, site-specific decisions in response to the most pressing challenges they face — be it invasive species, pests, flooding or drought, the announcement said.
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