For most of the last 180 years the range lands have been grazed continuously by sheep and/or cattle. On this landscape and across much of CA this lead to the almost complete disappearance of CA native grasses and the establishment of an exotic annual grassland. Since 2001 our goal has been a more perennial, more diverse, more productive landscape. In 2008 the ranch started implementing holistic planned grazing, which mimics natural grazing patterns, for our cattle. Livestock is moved frequently allowing ample recovery time for plants in order to increase ecosystem health and productivity. In 2014, we added sheep to the operation and continued to improve grazing management. So far, there has been a significant increase in native perennial grasses and we continue to manage and monitor for improved ecosystem health.

Header Image by Elaine Patarini