- Author: John M Harper
The UC Agriculture and Natural Resources - Rangeland Watershed Program has received the 2012 Western Extension Directors Association Award of Excellence for its outstanding work with water quality and grazing issues on California’s rangelands.
“The Rangeland Management Program has been a tremendous help in protecting the open space, habitat for plants and wildlife, and healthy watersheds that California’s rangelands provide,” said Tracy Schohr, director of the California Rangeland Conservation Coalition “They educate land managers and provide the objective, accurate information we need.”
UC Cooperative Extension Specialist Melvin George with the UC Davis Department of Plant Sciences started the program in the 1990s, collaborating with the range livestock industry, the Environmental Protection Agency, and several state and federal natural resources agencies and associations.
Rangeland Watershed Specialist Ken Tate with the UC Davis Department of Plant Sciences and John Harper, livestock and natural resources advisor with Mendocino County UC Cooperative Extension, will accept the Award of Excellence on behalf for the program on July 12 during a ceremony in Park City, Utah.