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Great news from Ken Tate and the crew at SFREC today: the stocker cows have arrived and are starting to be placed into various experimental grazing treatments. Now you might ask, "What does this have to do with environmental policy?" The overarching goal of the rangeland management project is to understand how ecosystem services are integrated into rangeland decision-making. This is a key goal of environmental and agricultural policy throughout California and nationally, and is supported by USDA programs like the Environmental Quality Incentives Program and CA policies like the Williamson Act. Like most other agricultural policies, these policies provide ranchers incentives to implement rangeland management practices and grazing strategies that enhance ecosystem services.
The theme for this week’s meeting in Madison, WI was Integrating Conservation and Sustainable Living. The conference was a great venue for presenting interdisciplinary work, and there was a strong contingent of advanced level grad students and post-docs that presented outstanding papers, in addition to those presented by faculty. Our paper [Garbach & Lubell] entitled “ Linking Diffusion of Innovation and Conservation of Ecosystem Services” was well-received in the panel on Ecosystem Services (ES) in Rangeland and Agricultural Systems; you can see further details in the abstract online: http://www.issrm2011madison.iasnr.org/abstractdisp_popup.php?useprikey=Y...
Mark and I have been collaborating with a multi-disciplinary team of researchers from Michigan State, Rutgers, UC Berkeley, Penn and Xerces Society on a USDA Specialty Crop Research Initiative (SCRI) grant. We are gearing up to submit the 5-year project proposal for review this week. Our SCRI research will evaluate the role of native pollinators in providing important ecosystem services in specialty crops including almonds, cherries, blueberries, and cucurbits. The most exciting part of the project has been developing a farmer survey, which will be implemented in specialty crop hot spots in CA, MI, and Pennsylvania. The survey will link farmer decision-making on pollinator management and ecological outcomes for levels of pollination in three regions of the U.S. Check out more on our project website, http://www.icpbees.org/
CEPB's Jim Sanchirico is also a fellow at Resources for the Future. He has a nice blog about valuation of the damages from oil spills with reference to the Gulf disaster: