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The UC Cooperative Extension (UCCE) office operates under a cooperative agreement with the University of California, the County of Mariposa, and the USDA to provide services to county residents. This arrangement ensures programs are focused on addressing local issues. UCCE provides teaching, research, and public service activities for the community, extending the University's great resources of research and knowledge. UCCE serves the residents of Mariposa County by developing and implementing research-based programs in agricultural, natural resources, and youth development programs.
Scholarship Opportunity for California Ranchers to Attend the Society for Range Management 2015 Annual Meeting in Sacramento, CA
A scholarship opportunity to support California ranchers' attendance at the upcoming Society for Range Management (SRM) conference in Sacramento, California from January 30, 2015 - February 7, 2015 is now available. Scholarship funds will be used to reimburse up to 50% of successful applicants' cost to attend the conference. To apply on line click here. Applicants can select to attend part of or the full conference. All California ranchers are eligible to apply for this funding. The scholarships, which have been made available through the Renewable Resources Extension Act, are intended to give ranchers an opportunity to hear some of the most current information available on the ecology and management of rangeland ecosystems, SRM conference proceedings include information on current technical and policy issues affecting the ranching community and emerging concepts, technology and tools to better manage rangelands. Topics to be covered at the upcoming SRM conference include climate change, ecosystem services, conservation practices weed management, use of technology for information dissemination, low-stress livestock handling and adaptive and collaborative management of rangelands. The information presented at the SRM annual conferences can provide important insights for improving overall ranch productivity and adapting to new issues as they arise.
Ranchers attending the conference can expect to:
- Gain more ideas about how to improve production;
- Learn how to manage their resources in a sustainable manner;
- Gain a better appreciation of the importance of collaboration ad adaptive management;
- Build more established networks with other ranchers and professionals;
- Share their knowledge with peers at organized discussion sessions;
- Be energized to attend future SRM conferences.
Successful applicants will meet with the Livestock and Natural Resources Farm Advisors (listed below) before the conference to help navigate the conference offerings and after the conference to provide feedback regarding their experience.
Fadzayi Mashiri (Mariposa, Merced, & Madera Counties)
Julie Finzel (Kern, Tulare, Kings Counties)
Sheila Barry (Bay Area Counties)
Scholarships available for California Naturalist training in the Central Valley
California Naturalist training in an outdoor classroom.
Applications are now being accepted for scholarships to attend California Naturalist training in the San Joaquin Valley and central Sierra region in 2015.
To become a certified California Naturalist, trainees take part in 40 hours of classroom and field courses and complete a capstone project. More than 700 California Naturalists have been certified by UC Cooperative Extension since the program's inception in 2010. The 2015 training sessions will be offered with the Sierra Foothill Conservancy, the UC Merced Vernal Pools and Grasslands Preserve and the UC Merced Sierra Nevada Institute.
Partial scholarships will be awarded in two categories: Student Scholars Award and Service Award. The Student Scholars Awards are open to graduating high school seniors and currently enrolled college students. The Service Awards are open to people engaged in work (volunteer or paid) that directly impacts under-served communities.
The scholarships are intended to engage participants who will apply their experience by taking action in their own communities. To be eligible for a scholarship, aspiring naturalists are invited to fill out the online application at http://ucanr.edu/CalNatScholarship. Application review will begin in December 2014 and continue until all the scholarships have been awarded.
The California Naturalist program champions the state's unique ecology and engages volunteers in stewardship and study of California's natural world. A love of nature and a desire to share their passion prompt people to commit time to becoming and serving as California Naturalists. California Naturalist program uses a science curriculum, hands-on learning and volunteer service to inspire stewardship of the state's parks, wetlands, coastal areas, mountains, foothills and forests.
Four units of college credit are available for course participants through UC Davis Extension.
The following Central Valley California Naturalist programs are planned for 2015:
Sierra Foothill Conservancy. Classroom sessions: 6 to 8 p.m., Fridays March 13, 20, 27, April 10, 17, 24; Field sessions, Saturdays March 14, 21, 28, April 11, 17, 24.
Location: Fresno County
Contact: Rosanna Ruiz, (559) 855-3473, Rosanna@sierrafoothill.org
UC Merced Vernal Pools and Grasslands Reserve. Spring 2015, Thursday evenings 5:30 to 8:00 pm: March 12 - May 28; 4 Saturday field trips
Location: UC Merced: Classroom Office Building (COB 272)
Contact: Chris Swarth, (301) 769-8038, firstname.lastname@example.org
The scholarships were made possible by a grant from the Renewable Resources Extension Act, a program administered by the UC Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources.
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Fadzayi Mashiri, PhD.