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

kristina.wolf@bof.ca.gov

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

RMAC & RMAC Committee Agendas

Workshops

  • 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:

     

    July 29, 2021

    August 5, 2021

    August 12, 2021

     

    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.

 

RMAC News

Notice of 30-day Public Comment Period ending Friday, August 26th, 2022

The RMAC invites the interested public to provide feedback on three drafts produced by the State Lands’ Grazing License and Land Management subcommittee, a committee of the Range Management Advisory Committee:

  1. Guidance Booklet draft
  2. Grazing License template draft
  3. Grazing/Land Management Plan template draft

Please feel free to download and distribute the letter below with others to share this opportunity to make public comment.

Notice of 30-day Public Comment period on Grazing subcommittee templates