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New SRT gains include San Joaquin, Carrizo Plain lands
ABOVE: SRT holdings have increased despite the pandemic economy in both the San Joaquin Valley and the Carrizo Plain (above), where SRT uses regenerative grazing techniques for land management. (PHOTO: Claire Thompson)
(SPRINGVILLE, CA) – As with 2020, the pandemic continues to hammer the economy into 2021 despite some signs of encouragement on the horizon. Nonetheless SRT’s land conservation gains continue.
Recent closed transactions include three Carrizo National Monument in-holding acquisitions, and two transactions selling acreage to the Bureau of Land Management for inclusion into the remote Central California national monument located along the Temblor Range near the south San Joaquin Valley.
The Carrizo is significant as the largest remaining grassland in the West, often referred to as the Serengeti of California. It is traversed by the San Andreas Fault that has carved valleys, created and moved mountains including its distinctive alignment of ridges, ravines, and normally dry ponds, along with features such as the white alkali flats of Soda Lake, Painted Rock, vast open grasslands, and a broad plain rimmed by mountains. When weather conditions permit, wildflowers carpet the valley floor in a spectacular display of abundant color. SRT owns or manages numerous plots in the region and is active in solar farm mitigation in the area.
“Closer to SRT’s home base in the San Joaquin Valley, three ongoing agriculture conservation easement (ACE) transactions are under way, funded through the Agricultural Land Mitigation Grant Program, and several mitigation projects are in the works. They will be closing later this year,” said SRT Director of Land Transactions Courtney Barnes, with the Visalia-based nonprofit land trust since 2016. 
Barnes encourages farmers and ranchers to consider the benefits of ag easements now, particularly those interested in keeping their land productive beyond their own generation. “The sooner they start thinking about saving the ag or open space land the better it is, so they can be in a position to benefit from the opportunities when funding becomes available,” she said. With companies like Amazon and UPS expanding their footprint on the San Joaquin Valley, that is becoming more urgent than ever as farmland gets turned under for warehouses and other logistics operations.
The Biden Administration has indicated that it wants to conserve 30 percent of federal land holdings, a promising sign for potential conservation funding in coming years.
In the meantime, Barnes is planning a mapping and ownership contact list for land parcels of 80 acres and above in areas that have the strongest available funding prospects and will be issuing informational letters in coming months in an effort to continue expansion of SRT’s conserved acreage.
For more information on conservation easements, visit the SRT website at: https://sequoiariverlands.org/what-we-do/easements.html.
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New year; new directions
Dear Friends of SRT:
Welcome to 2021’s first quarter issue of Currents!
With our long-awaited new year come new challenges. And yet some of the old year’s predicaments are proving to be more enduring than we would like.
COVID-19 and its economic impacts persist into 2021.
Climate instability and questions about groundwater policy and drought remain.
Environmental laws and regulations are in flux, while social and political unrest prevail as hallmarks of our era.
Conservation funding uncertainties remain a puzzle to be solved.
All that, just to name a few.
But with hope for widespread vaccination now reasonable and promise offered by myriad new policies that aim to address our ongoing conservation and land use issues, we at SRT are choosing optimism. Our belief is that the year ahead will be a productive one nonetheless. We’re ready for it, and if 2020 proved anything, it’s that we must remain so.
As many of you know, I was honored to be appointed by the SRT Board of Directors to the post of Interim Executive Director in December 2020. As SRT’s founding Board Chair, I have known and loved SRT’s mission from its inception. I have watched it unfold and mature over two decades. The life experience and skills I gained both as a farmer and a conservation advocate now offer what I hope will be useful perspective in leading SRT as we transition to a new executive director, a search for whom is now underway.
But despite change, SRT continues much as it was: Innovating and forging new trails; engaging our community to see the economic, social, scientific and environmental health benefits of land conservation; educating area students throughout our region’s school districts via our innovative EARTH Academy conservation sciences programming that is tuned to state curriculum standards.
We remain as partner to farmers and ranchers for whom we protect working landscapes that honor the legacy of the California heartland’s agribusiness roots. We continue to provide mitigation services employing expertise that offsets the impacts of public and private development. We plan enhancements to our seven nature preserves. And we remain committed to championing public land use policy locally, regionally, statewide, and nationally – advances in keeping with our conservation movement’s broader aims that align with those of a new administration seeking to strengthen our government’s commitment to land preservation and champion much-needed funding.
While the issues facing California and our region promise certain if unknown change ahead, one thing remains constant: SRT will still be here to inspire love and lasting protection for important lands with the same visionary commitment and constancy for which we’re known. I hope you will join me in remaining resolute in achieving those urgent goals and expanding the strong and growing base of support for SRT's many worthwhile initiatives.
We appreciate and salute you, our partners and friends in conservation. We count our gains in acquired acreage but you are the most important asset of all.
Scott Spear
Interim Executive Director
Sequoia Riverlands Trust
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SRT EARTH Academy's outdoor learning an antidote for COVID-19 education impacts
ABOVE: SRT AmeriCorps member Alexis Wilkman (kneeling) guides EARTH Academy students in use of new technologies for rangeland monitoring at this transect on SRT's Blue Oak Ranch Preserve. PHOTO: Sam Weiser
ABOVE: SRT AmeriCorps member Alexis Wilkman.
(SPRINGVILLE, CA) - SRT’s groundbreaking conservation-focused Education Department continues to adapt despite the ongoing pandemic, says Education Director Bud Darwin. Its EARTH Academy continues to draw high school students around the region to explore the environmental sciences.
EARTH Academy, funded this year by a $100,000 grant from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, helps students explore topics of particular relevance to potential careers in the conservation sciences in Central California. With its vast public lands management and rangeland management needs given the region’s national forest, parks, and history of cattle ranching, that means, for example, students ask how we use and monitor the land for grazing, soil management, and rangeland health – key questions about which form Module 3 of the Academy’s eight modules.
“Educating students has never been more complicated, given the constraints imposed by COVID-19. Safely and effectively students has rewritten the education playbook, at least for now,” Darwin said. “But the silver lining is that learning outdoors is preferable to being cooped up in a classroom.” Research suggests that Darwin’s comment reflects not just student preference but scientific fact; retention and engagement all are proven to increase with outdoor learning.
This is the first year EARTH Academy has conducted on site rangeland monitoring at its Sopac McCarthy Mulholland Blue Oak Ranch Preserve using the LandPKS application, according to Alexis Wilkman, SRT GrizzlyCorps AmeriCorps Member Climate Fellow. EARTH Academy students were crucial in testing and providing feedback on this monitoring method.
LandPKS, or Land Potential Knowledge System, is a mobile app developed at the Jornada Rangeland Research Program in partnership with the NRCS, World Agroforestry Center, and USAID. The program has several simple, self-explanatory modules that help land managers across the globe monitor soil health and land cover as they document their land management practices.
“Monitoring ground cover is important for us because we want to understand the amount and type of ground cover at our preserves and how it is changing over time. This is important from the perspective of grazing management; we want to avoid grazing too much or too little, as well as for our general goal of increasing the abundance of native perennial grasses on the landscape,” Wilkman said.
“Sharing LandPKS with SRT staff was important because this is a new tool and a new style of monitoring for us, and working through the LandCover survey with Earth Academy students and the education team helped myself and Ben [SRT Director of Mitigation and Land Management Ben Munger] identify what is missing in the LandCover survey, as well as the strengths of this method over a traditional line-intercept survey (e.g. instant report generation/data visualization),” Willkman said.
“As an educational tool it's also quite strong because you don't need to have a degree in biology or be able to identify individual plants down to species. So students can complete the survey themselves.”
Students measured the ground cover of a 2500-sq. ft. plot at 100 discreet points at Blue Oak Ranch, helping SRT land managers better understand the ecological changes occurring in this plot, and how our soil management practices fit into the larger picture of whole ecosystem health.
With this research, SRT EARTH Academy (whose name is an acronym for its subject components including ecosystems, agriculture, research, trout in the classroom, and horticulture) has created an opportunity for high school students to conduct scientifically useful real-world inquiry alongside conservation professionals at SRT, potentially opening doors for their future careers in the conservation sciences, as have past Academy students who have gone on to major in the environmental sciences and related fields.
ABOVE: It isn't hard to see why some students choose the outdoor learning opportunities of SRT's EARTH Academy versus sitting in Zoom classes all day. SRT's Blue Oak Ranch Preserve offers a magnificent setting for an outdoor classroom.
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Land Steward Vaughn offers current outlook
ABOVE: SRT's Land Steward Jonathan Vaughn is a familiar sight on SRT preserves.
From time to time, Currents takes a pulse on matters of interest to the SRT community by interviewing SRT community supporters, staff, or other authorities doing important work in the conservation field. For our first quarter ’21 issue, we’re featuring excerpts from our recent wide-ranging discussion with Visalia-based SRT Land Steward Jonathan Vaughn about his work near the locus of SRT operations, what led him to his important work in conserving California’s heartland via SRT preserves, and the importance of native plants, among other topics. Vaughn joined SRT in 2015 via AmeriCorps, then as permanent staff in 2016.
CURRENTS: Tell our readers what your focus is at SRT and why it's important to conservation in our region.

JONATHAN VAUGHN: My focus is on SRT's nature preserves in the Tulare basin and distinct from the land we own in the Carrizo Plain managed primarily for Threatened and Endangered animals, although I assist in periodic botanical surveys there. It's importance to conservation was recognized before SRT even existed, as our precursor land trusts saw the need to keep intact important natural areas in the valley and foothills. There is also a real paucity of publicly-accessible natural areas here, and the secondary benefit of protecting these areas is that it gives us a chance to visit and be guests in the homes of the plants and animals that have been there for centuries or millennia.
CURRENTS:  What did you gain from your time with Nature Conservancy? And how has your Master's work informed what you do for SRT, if at all?

JV: I think it was the experience of working for The Nature Conservancy in Fort Hood that really began my future interest in habitat restoration and vegetation management. We were surveying for nests of the golden-cheeked warbler, a charismatic endangered songbird that requires juniper-oak woodlands for its nesting habitat. No juniper-oak woodlands, no golden-cheeked warblers. It seems unlikely that a sprawling military base housing the 1st Cavalry Division and a target range for artillery would make for great endangered bird habitat, but the property's status as a military base protected it from the rapid development that decimated the bird's populations elsewhere in the area. The strange juxtaposition of chasing after females carrying nest material while keeping one eye on the ground for unexploded ordnance drove home for me how important habitat loss is as a driver for species population decline more broadly. Although it took several more years, one could draw a line between this summer field job and my later working for a land trust. 

My Master's work began in the field of avian behavior and later pivoted to parasite ecology with a dash of fire ecology. I think I'd strain to make a credible connection from there to SRT, but it did make me more comfortable with reading the scientific research articles that continue to inform our restoration efforts today.

CURRENTS:  Tell us about your AmeriCorps experience, how that influenced your career arc and choice to stay with SRT.

JV: When I applied for the position with SNAP at SRT, I was already pretty confident that I had struck gold. The combination of native plant propagation, restoration planting, and invasive species management is rare, as these efforts would [usually] be done by separate people or even whole departments in organizations like the National Park Service or United States Forest Service. Having all this wrapped up in one job was too much to pass up, and I was fairly sure I wanted to stay well before my year of service came to an end. Fortunately, I happened to be in the right place at the right time as SRT was looking for a Land Steward at the time I completed my service. The transition to staff member was quite smooth; I just took on more responsibility over the projects and purviews in which I was already working.

CURRENTS:  Tell our readers about the SRT Dry Creek Nursery and your interest in the native plants of our region. What is your vision for the nursery? Why should people be focusing on our natives?

JV: The Dry Creek Nursery was initially created strictly to grow plants for the transformational restoration of the Dry Creek quarry into a nature preserve. Once the infrastructure was in place, it made sense to grow plants for restoration at other preserves, and later to use as outreach by way of selling them to the public. The nursery is small and much of our stock is grown with the help of volunteers who generously donate their time to help us, and I think this loving care is evident in the final product. This stands in stark contrast to the mega-nurseries which grow plants in what is essentially a plant factory, selecting only the most profitable and fast-growing selections in a ruthlessly efficient machine of production. It makes me very grateful to grow plants with an element of curiosity and discover to keep things interesting.

The question of why people should focus on native plants could fill a lengthy article on its own, but l'll highlight a favorite few. First, native plants express the heart and soul of a place. This one's a little squishier than a practical reason like saving water, but I really think a sense of place is important. Planting natives is the antithesis of the "earth is flat" trend of globalization, in which disparate places grow more similar and generic. If you think of a favorite city or place you've visited, it's almost always in large part to something unique about that place. The city of Visalia has done a great job of this by incorporating the valley oak into its imagery and sense of self--valley oaks are found nowhere outside California, nor in our desert, high elevations, or beaches. 

A second reason for native plants is due to their exceptional value to the insects and animals that rely on them. Many butterflies rely on specific native host plants for their caterpillars, and native bees have similar preferences. The importance of pollinator habitat is really getting the attention it deserves, and native plants are nearly always superior to an exotic counterpart in this regard. And it's not just the flowers--although we don't generally like the idea of insects eating the leaves, the birds, lizards, toads, and all sorts of larger animals need lots of insects to survive. Often, grass lawns and introduced plants contain an anemic degree of life (perhaps intentionally), and I think it's incumbent on us to grow more comfortable with the huge breadth of life that can inhabit our gardens if we let it. There's a lot to be said for plants that still have quite a bit of "wild" left in them, unlike the endlessly inbred Frankenstein plants that conventional horticulture often creates. 

Finally, native plants just do well with low maintenance and less water! If you think about it, it's pretty extraordinary that these plants can just go without water for months and months and months without dying. It's hard to find plants from other regions equally capable, and the fact that they've adapted to local fungi and microscopic pathogens is icing on the cake.

CURRENTS:  Should the nature-loving public be encouraged about our long-term prospects for land protection in perpetuity? How can we inspire them to stay on board given those uncertainties? How can they get involved and support your work? What are our most pressing needs?

JV: I think that, if anything, the uncertainty that pervades the moment shows how important land protection in perpetuity is. No matter what wild tempests of pandemics, social unrest, partisan aggression, or climate disruption bring, SRT is the rock that endures, keeping ironclad protections that have no expiration date. Anyone who wants to support our work is of course encouraged to donate, volunteer with us, or support the Dry Creek Nursery by purchasing some standout California native plants! In terms of our pressing needs, I am a stalwart champion of the very unsexy, unexciting cause of ongoing maintenance. It's unappreciated until it isn't!

Jonathan Vaughn was born in Kansas and grew up near Kansas City, MO. He attended Baker University in Kansas, where he got a bachelor’s degree in German and biology, later working in Iowa studying grassland ecology for Iowa State University. He studied abroad in Germany and Austria in the process. After college, he joined the Nature Conservancy in Fort Hood, Texas, monitoring the endangered golden-cheeked warbler. He then attended Western Illinois University for his Master's in parasite ecology. Jonathan came to SRT via the Sierra Nevada AmeriCorps Partnership (SNAP) following a seasonal position at Lincoln National Forest in New Mexico (home of Smokey Bear). He is elated to be pursuing his interests in ecological restoration and horticulture for Sequoia Riverlands Trust.
ABOVE: SRT Land Steward Jonathan Vaughn checks out the water flowing through one of Kaweah Oaks Preserve's many natural and irrigation waterways. PHOTO: SRT
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SRT Staff volunteers serve a constellation of causes
greening shot
ABOVE: SRT volunteers work on new trails. SRT staff are avid community volunteers as well.
(VISALIA) - To fulfill its mission to inspire love and lasting protection for important lands, SRT is on a continuous quest to attract committed volunteers for a variety of essential operations, from preserve maintenance to restoration planting to citizen science functions. Through plant propagation at the SRT Dry Creek Nursery, volunteer Discovery Days at Blue Oak Ranch Preserve, and maintaining Kaweah Oaks Preserve, our community generously responds to SRT’s call for collaboration in a number of ways.
But perhaps lesser visible are the numerous ways that SRT Staff give back to the community by engaging with other organizations to fulfill their missions. Busy as they are, SRT staff still find time to support a constellation of related causes, issues and organizations. From education, to public policy and governance, to tourism, arts and ag-related efforts, SRT supports its community, too, giving back what is measured in countless service hours of volunteerism to enhance our community’s wellbeing. Most are too modest to say much about it, but taken together, staff are plugged into their community in a number of important ways.
SRT Stewardship Director Jeff Powers is involved in groundwater management causes and Tulare Basin Wildlife Partners issues. New SGMA regulations have set Powers on the path of finding ways to support farmers and ranchers as new GSAs begin to sort out the complexities of the new groundwater realities to unfold over the new few years. He serves the Tulare Basin Watershed Partnership Network (TBWPN), comprising the watersheds of the Kings, Kaweah, Tule and Kern Rivers. There he serves as a member of the Design Team charged with organizing, defining, and conducting the network meetings over the first two years of its formation. The TBWPN's overarching goal is to "establish and enhance watershed health and resilience across the Tulare Basin by 2040" with more than 40 organizations, agencies, and groups.
For the East Kaweah Groundwater Sustainability Agency (EKGSA), Powers serves as a member of the Advisory Committee and also on the Planning & Steering Committees for their Resource Conservation Investment Strategies (RCIS) planning process. This RCIS plan will allow voluntary participation landowners to implement land management strategies to provide habitat for rare/endangered species. If in the future farmers seek to repurpose their land due to SGMA groundwater restrictions, the plan would provide voluntary options. 
Powell also serves as SRT's voice on the EKGSA Advisory Committee, ensuring that its environmental concerns are taken into account with the implementation of SGMA groundwater restrictions. “Our role on the RCIS Plan will provide potential options for landowners that need to repurpose their land due to SGMA regulations,” said Powers who has served on the EKGSA committees since January 2020. 
SRT Interim Executive Director Scott Spear serves on the Tulare County Ag Advisory Committee, among his many commitments. However, he has served the land conservation cause for longer than SRT has been in existence, including one of its predecessor organizations that merged to form SRT in 2001. His additional title of SRT Board Member Emeritus indicates just how extensive his volunteer commitment to our organization has been for the past two-plus decades.
SRT Advancement Officer Logan Robertson, who joined the organization in October, is active with education causes. She serves on the board of directors for the California School Age Consortium. “CalSAC's vision of a future where every child in California — regardless of income, race, or zip code — has access to high quality, affordable out-of-school time programs resonates with my deeply held values around education and equity. As a statewide organization, CalSAC has the potential to impact youth and families on a large scale. Plus, I love the people and culture of my CalSAC,” Robertson said.
Additionally, Robertson serves on the board of directors of Fotokids, an organization that serves over a thousand at-risk children affected by poverty and violence by teaching photography, graphic design, media technology, and vocational training experience as a tools for self-expression, creativity, leadership, and future employment. Her volunteer service reflects her education focus, which is critical to SRT given her role in securing grant and other underwriting for SRT’s innovative Education Department. “Many of the current Fotokids staff are my former students, and my relationships with them are some of the most consistent and longest-lasting relationships in my life. Over and over, I have seen the amazing impacts Fotokids' mission of helping young people from the poorest of situations develop useful, employable skills as a means to self-exploration, expression, and discovery,” Robertson said.
SRT Director of Planning and Policy Adam Livingston serves a number of strategic SRT interests by participating in initiatives beyond his core work including the California Economic Summit as its Ecosystems Services team Co-Chair; as the San Joaquin Valley Health Fund's Policy Co-Chair for Land Use and Planning; as Coordinator of the Southern Sierra Partnership; as Chair of the Tulare Regional Transportation Plan Roundtable; member of the Fresno Regional Transportation Plan Roundtable. Adam’s reach is clearly broad and deep across the Golden State.
SRT Director of Education and Volunteers Bud Darwin is active in education and youth issues. From his work with area school districts to community youth programs, Darwin has a long history of volunteer engagement in the education field. From Step Up to support for work-based learning in area high schools and more, Darwin is known throughout the region for his impact for a variety of key community institutions, as well as a guy unafraid to wield a shovel and get his hands dirty.

All the above is just a mere sampling of the many causes that SRT staff serves. Frankly, there are too many to list all. The takeaway is that SRT staff understands and appreciates our valued volunteers who help advance SRT’s mission all the more, having ourselves committed to pursuing a variety of important service commitments. The next time SRT issues the call to volunteerism, just know that we share your spirit of service: We’re volunteers, too.

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Advancement team will rollout new SRT membership program
ABOVE: SRT Advancement Officer Logan Robertson, who joined staff in October 2020. BELOW: Advancement Officer Nadia Omar joined that month as well, focusing on donor relations. PHOTOS: Submitted
By Logan Robertson

(VISALIA, CA) - Without a doubt, 2020 was a challenging year for the world, for our country, for our organization, and for many of our members. However, thanks to the generous support of our donors, SRT was able to raise almost $100,000 in donations in 2020!

These vital contributions support ongoing conservation efforts at each of our seven preserves, as well as innovative programs like our EARTH Academy. This program has empowered local high school students to gain hands-on experience in soil science, and helped to position our organization as an advocate for the natural and agricultural legacy of the southern Sierra Nevada and San Joaquin Valley.

In the coming months, SRT will be reaching out with new ways to recognize and appreciate our stakeholders. As part of this, we will be launching a brand new Sustaining Membership program, which will include special benefits for monthly donors. We are also exploring new Covid-safe, socially distanced ways for more people to be able to enjoy our preserves.

Stay tuned for more exciting news about improvements to our flagship property, Kaweah Oaks Preserve, and opportunities for community support for this cherished open space. With visitor numbers skyrocketing, it will soon be time to show this preserve some love!
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SRT preserves require permits for pro shoots
GOLDEN HOUR: Photographer Jorge Garcia of Fresno shoots the groundwater recharge pond at KOP. Non-commercial photo shoots such as landscape photography do not require SRT Photography permits. (SRT file photo)
(VISALIA, CA) - SRT preserves offer what is – in our region – rare access to what are some truly beautiful local backdrops. Mountains, meadows, and riparian forests are a irresistible draws for photographers.

Despite the high cost of maintaining SRT preserves, the public is invited to visit free of charge in order to ensure access for all. Given these magnificent settings, shutterbugs both pro and amateur are a regular presence, shooting on the preserves that are open to the public including Kaweah Oaks, Dry Creek, and Homer Ranch preserves.

One exception to the free access rule? Professional photographers and videographers – those who use SRT preserves and charge fees to their services to clients for shooting engagement and wedding photos, graduation, and other family photos, and other projects – must pay to conduct their private business on what are SRT's privately-owned lands. Because ours are not publicly-funded parks, SRT uses the fee revenues for improvements and other necessary maintenance.

However, hobbyists, landscape enthusiasts, and others who merely wish to pursue their private passion as a hobby need not pay the $200 annual fee that pro photographers must. Most recoup that cost within one sizeable shoot, given that many photo packages for family shoots can run in the range of $2500 and up.

"We welcome photographers of all kinds who help tell the story of our protected lands, but there is a set of rules that govern what professional photographers can do on our preserves. Confetti (especially mylar or any other microplastics like glitter), props, furniture and other items are banned, among other prohibitions," according to SRT Director of Marketing and Communications Aaron Collins. For a complete set of rules, see postings at the entrance kiosks to SRT preserves or the flyer below.

Professional film and TV productions must pay a much larger day rate fee for use of SRT preserves. For inquiries, please contact Aaron Collins via the SRT website Meet Our Staff page:

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San Diegan Rod Meade named SRT Board Chair
ABOVE: New SRT Board Chair Rod Meade; outgoing Chair Mike Olmos. PHOTOS: SRT file
(VISALIA, CA) - With the new year come new SRT Board roles. Rod Meade was appointed Board Chair at the Visalia-based organization's annual meeting. Outgoing Chair Mike Olmos will remain on the board. Olmos's recent appointment as Executive Director of the Tulare County Economic Development Corporation placed new demands on his time.

Meade is a resident of the San Diego area. He joined the SRT Board in 2018. In his capacity as owner/President of R J Meade Consulting, he provided public policy, environmental planning, regulatory and entitlement guidance to a variety of large-scale public and private clients.

He was responsible for formulating regulatory approval strategies for clients, including The Irvine Ranch, Tejon Ranch, Rancho Mission Viejo and Yokohl Ranch. Rod managed the teams of technical and biological consultants necessary to obtain the local, state and federal agency approvals of proposed residential and commercial development.

A key element of Rod’s consultation involved managing the design of permanent natural community reserves to protect sensitive species and habitat and formulating long-term adaptive management and funding programs to support those reserves.

On behalf of public sector clients, Rod served briefly as the Executive Director of the Governor’s Delta Vision Initiative, was the Restoration Administrator for the San Joaquin River Restoration Program, and served as the Land Use and Agriculture Consultant to the Great Valley Center for the Governor’s San Joaquin Valley Blueprint Initiative.

Rod retired at the end of 2017. He continues to provide assistance to environmental organizations.
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