Re-Watering California One Ranch at a Time
“Point Blue Conservation Science is collaborating with the USDA-NRCS, cooperating ranchers, RCD’s and conservation partners to improve rangelands in California. Point Blue Partner Biologists are teaming up with NRCS Field Conservationists and RCD’s to working closely with ranchers, land trusts, and some public lands to plan, and apply prescribed rangeland grazing and management practices. With support from NRCS and Farm Bill programs, cooperating ranchers are utilizing technical assistance to increase soil water retention in foothill watersheds, increase livestock forage, improve water supply reliability both on-site and downstream, enhance ranching productivity, expand riparian corridors and wetland habitat for migratory birds and enhance upland wildlife habitats.
Our companion effort, the Rangeland Monitoring Network (RMN) measures soil carbon, vegetative trends, and wildlife habitat benefits of prescriptive grazing and associated grazing practices.”
Wendell was born and raised in Northern California on a fourth generation family farm in San Joaquin County. He worked as a Soil Conservationist, District Conservationist, and Area Conservationist in Northwestern Nevada and Northern California. He served as Wildlife Biologist for the Wildlife Habitat Management Institute at Colorado State University. For the final six years of his NRCS career he served as the West Region Wildlife Biologist for the National Technical Support Center in Portland.
In June 2011, he retired from NRCS and transitioned to work with the Point Blue Conservation Science to direct their Rangeland Watershed Initiative which is an effort to place, train, and manage partner biologists to help plan, implement and monitor USDA Farm Bill Programs on private land.
We invite you to enjoy videos from our 2017 Conference here. The annual Quivira Conference is internationally renowned for bringing together leaders, innovators, and stewards of the land for three days of provocative plenary presentations, roundtable discussions, and networking with diverse attendees from across the southwest, the country, and globe. The conference creates a unique environment where ideas are sown, exchanged, and grown. Quivira’s outstanding speakers and attendees contribute expertise in ranching, farming, conservation, community, and all things soil, which is the key to it all. Every attendee brings something unique to the table, and each departs with inspiration, new connections, broader perspectives, and the tools necessary to effect change.
2017 Conference Speaker Videos
The Quivira Coalition documents its conference every year. We love to share the content of this event with those who were not able to join us in person. You can also view the 2017 videos, along with past years, on the Quivira You Tube page.
Rio Grande Water Fund Panel - Fire and Rain: Economic, Ecological and Community Resilience Sandra Postel, Laura McCarthy, Katherine Kuhas, Toner Mitchell This panel of experts will discuss the Rio Grande Water Fund, an innovative project created to invest in the long...read more
Allen Williams Restore Soil and Ecosystem Health with Adaptive Grazing Allen Williams will speak on adaptive grazing, which produces positive compounding effects that can significantly benefit soil health, plant species complexity and diversity, insect and pollinator...read more
Rick Danvir Comparing Effects of Time-Controlled Grazing, Traditional Management, and Rest on Vegetative Covers For centuries, apprenticeship has been the means of passing on the skills of many trades, from engravers and silversmiths in the middle ages, to...read more
Laura Paine Training the Next Generation of Land Stewards For centuries, apprenticeship has been the means of passing on the skills of many trades, from engravers and silversmiths in the middle ages, to electricians and carpenters today. Using work-based learning...read more