-- Protect all the threatened elements of rangeland ecosystems, including endangered species, soil, water, ranchers, agency managers, and the rangelands themselves.

-- Continually improve understanding and professional capacity to sustain grassland and savanna biodiversity and the livestock operations that support these ecosystems.


Use our unique combination of expertise in conservation science and rangeland management, especially in California's Mediterranean grasslands, to help clients succeed in their missions and cooperate with one another. We explore together to find solutions that meet the needs of diverse stakeholders.



1. Comprehensive Rangeland Assessment and Management Planning

2. Rangeland Monitoring and Grazing Lease/Easement Supervision

3. Short-term Technical Reviews, Updates, Advising, and Customized Training (click here for Supplementary Services)

4. Expert Consultations and Testimony for Legal Cases Involving Livestock, Grazing Infrastructure, and Rangeland Condition (click here for Summary of Cases)


We excel at listening to our clients’ needs, then leading teams of specialists and practitioners (as needed), using the best available scientific scholarship, to assess circumstances and assist in planning, implementation, supervision, monitoring, and adapting to future changes.

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Photos by L. Ford--(left) typical effects of well-managed spring grazing by cattle on wildflowers and butterfly habitat, grazing on the right, excluded on the left (Santa Clara County, Calif.); (middle) an ideal stock pond for California red-legged frog habitat, partly fenced with grazing by cattle on the left, excluded on the right (Contra Costa County, Calif.); and (right) an ideal stock pond for California tiger salamander habitat, no exclusion of cattle grazing (Alameda County, Calif.).


Contact information:

Lawrence "Larry" D. Ford, Ph.D.
Principal and Senior Rangeland Conservation Scientist

5984 Plateau Drive, Felton, CA 95018-9253
Phone/Fax: 831.335.3959
Email: ldfordrangeland "at"

Felix P. Ratcliff, Ph.D.
Rangeland Conservation Scientist and Project Manager

Phone: 510.282.7332
Email: felixratcliff "at"

Pete A. Van Hoorn, M.S.
Rangeland Ecologist

Phone: 510.710.4107
Email: petevanhoorn "at"


Technical Presentations by L. Ford and P. Van Hoorn: To view or download formal conference presentations by Dr. Ford or Mr. Van Hoorn about rangeland management and conservation, focusing on California annual grasslands and their special resources, go to "Presentations."


**NEWS--about Rangeland Management and Conservation... May 1, 2019:

Here are links to blogs and newsletters from the University of California Cooperative Extension with technical information related to California rangeland conservation and grazing management that I find useful:

• UC Rangelands --

• Livestock and Range (D. Rao) in San Benito, Monterey, and Santa Cruz Counties --

• North Coast Rangelands (S. Larson) --

• Ranching in the Sierra Foothills (D. Macon) --

• Livestock in Placer and Nevada Counties (R. Ingram) --

• Sierra Foothill Research and Extension Center News --

• Livestock and Range, Mendocino County (J. Harper) --

• Keeping Landscapes Working, San Francisco Bay Area (S. Barry) Newsletter --

• Livestock and Range News, Ventura and Santa Barbara Counties (M. Shapero) --

• All UC ANR blogs --

Other useful newsletters with technical information related to California rangeland conservation and grazing management:

• California Rangeland Conservation Coalition, Rangeland Linkages E-Updates (K. Sweet) --

• Elkhorn Slough Coastal Training Program, Central Coast Rangeland Coalition --

Let me know of other blogs and newsletters with technical information related to California rangeland conservation and grazing management

Thank you, Larry