Large Woody Debris and Ranch Management in California Oak Woodland
Dusky-footed woodrats use downed logs for safe travel and structural support for their dwellings (log and dwelling pictured here).
What Has ANR Done?An ANR Core Issues Grant was recently awarded to address this land-use and policy issue in California central coastal oak woodland. A Project Team (i.e., Cooperative Extension Specialist and Advisor along with UC Berkeley and Cal Poly Stete University faculty) is collecting data on vegetation attributes and small mammal demographics in blue-coast live oak (Quercus spp.) woodland. An Oak Woodland Conservation Act of 2001 outreach program and journal publications are disseminating the results.
Balancing Ecology and EconomicsThis study will lay groundwork and potentially leverage funds for subsequent work on this subject. It is reasonable to expect that the rancher would be more accepting of LW, if provided with information on its ecological values and Best Management Practices (BMPs).
Supporting Unit:Integrated Hardwood Range Management Program