Watershed, Natural Resources & Range Management
There are over one million acres of native pasture and forestlands in San Luis Obispo County, which are collectively referred to as rangelands. Comprising approximately half of the acreage of the County, these lands provide opportunity for multiple purposes. Rangelands serve as watersheds to capture, store, and release water for downstream uses; they provide forage for grazing by livestock; and their diverse plant communities provide habitat for many species of wildlife and recreational uses. UC Cooperative Extension advisors and specialists provide educational programs to inform people who own and/or manage the land and the animals grazing these lands. Our work includes applied research to develop new knowledge to effectively and efficiently manage rangelands and livestock in today's competitive and regulatory environment.