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New Research Brief: Rancher Attitudes and Participation in Conservation Easements in California

By Matthew Hamilton - Posted on 16 March 2012

CEPB researchers and colleagues have released a new research brief--"Rancher Attitudes and Participation in Conservation Easements in California"--as part of ongoing work on a USDA-funded project on grazing management and ecosystem services.

Data were collected from a survey of 475 ranchers in California. The research brief casts doubt on the stereotype that a strong property rights orientation is a barrier to conservation easements. Although ranchers expressed a strong commitment to private property rights, these attitudes had no significant relationship to the likelihood of currently holding a conservation easement, or planning to in the future. In contrast, positive views about government’s role in conservation significantly increase rates of current and future planned participation.

Research Brief: Interdisciplinary team prepares to survey ranchers

By Bethany Cutts - Posted on 01 November 2010

Here is a press release I'm preparing for the Farm Bureau and California Cattlemen's to run in advance of our survey (which is getting close to being ready to test!). I would appreciate any comments.

A group of researchers at University of California, Davis is funded by the USDA to conduct cutting edge social and ecological research on rangelands. The project, supported by the California Farm Bureau Federation, California Cattlemen’s Association, and many other groups, aims to understand the many ways in which ranchers manage livestock and lands for multiple goals. This winter, they will be sending a survey to over 1500 ranchers in an effort to understand decision-making.

Tweeting ranchers

By Bethany Cutts - Posted on 30 August 2010

Earlier I wrote about trying to get a sense for ranching culture "in the understory". That is, through the up and coming ranchers who have grown up with more technology in their lives. At long last, a contact through our research partners made me aware of Jeff Fowle. I feel comfortable writing about him here since he has a facebook page, twitter account, blog, and linkedin account.

http://twitter.com/jefffowle

Ranching in the blogosphere

By Bethany Cutts - Posted on 09 August 2010

As part of my effort to understand ranching culture I'm seeking out ranching blogs based in CA.... so far these are the only non-dude ranch or pie-ranch blog I've found in the state...

http://californiafamilyranching.blogspot.com/
http://stemplecreek.com/wordpress/
http://www.richardbealblog.com/?p=309

P.S. Is there an official delineation separating a ranch from a ranchette or a ranch from a farm?

P.P.S. I can't tell if these blogs are legit or publicity creations associated with the beef industry.

Rangeland Photos

By Bethany Cutts - Posted on 03 August 2010

These are pictures I took at two events that have helped me to learn more about ranching and the larger social and environmental context of ranching. A little "participant observation / participant action" to kick start my time at Davis.

1) In June, I attended a fieldtrip sponsored by the California Rangeland Conservation Coalition to East Bay Municipal Utilities District. The trip featured a grazing partnership initiated as an alternative to burning. Near a water supply and urban development, soil erosion, air pollution, and invasive plants are all important factors in the managing open space. My claim to fame was bringing sunscreen and sharing it with others.

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