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Grassland Restoration Resources

Restoration Manual for Annual Grassland Systems in California, ANR Publication 8575, June 2017, written by former CNGA Director, Elise Gornish and Julea Shaw.

A comprehensive ecological application guide for effective restoration in grassland and rangeland systems for California. Developed for use by practitioners of any experience level to inform grassland restoration design and application. 

Includes sections on:

  • Identifying your Restoration Goals - enhancing biodiversity, reducing invasive plant cover, improving pollinator and wildlife habitat, providing forage for livestock, erosion control, and carbon storage
  • Pre-Vegetation Techniques - invasive species management
  • Plant Materials - choosing species, sourcing seeds & plants, seed mixes, seeding amounts
  • Revegetation Techniques
  • Species--descriptions of over 80 grassland species with pros and cons
  • Species Listed by Region and Restoration Goal - with tables for 7 goals for each of 7 areas: southern, desert, central coast, valley, northern coast, northern interior, and basin

How to Manage and Restore Coastal Prairie: Thoughts From the FieldCalifornia’s Coastal Prairie. A project of the Sonoma Marin Coastal Grasslands Working Group by Claudia Luke, Diana (Immel) Jeffery,  and Kathleen Kraft. Last modified June 2013.  Center for Environmental Inquiry at Sonoma State University, Rohnert Park, California. Website: www.sonoma.edu/cei/prairie.

Grassland Management Skills Curriculum offers teaching materials for a complete course on teaching grassland ecology, species, and site-specific management planning strategies where student build on initial knowledge by learning to develop and modify their own grassland management prescriptions. 

Managing for Pollinators

Pollinators in Natural Areas: A Primer on Habitat Management, Xerces Society, 2014. Contains information on managing grazing, fire, mowing, and insecticides. 

Establishing Pollinator Meadows from Seed, Xerces Society, 2013. 

Weed Control

Selected Yellow Starthistle Treatment Options, Livestock & Range News, by Devii R. Rao, Septemeber 20, 2017. Grazing, mowing, herbicide options to  control yello starthistle. 

Prescribed Fire

Assessment of Prescribed Fire as a Conservation Practice, from  Fuhlendorf, S. D.,  R. F. Limb,  D. M. Engle, and R. F. Miller.  2011Assessment of prescribed fire as a conservation practice. Pages 75104 in D. D. Briske, editor. Conservation benefits of rangeland practices: assessment, recommendations, and knowledge gaps. US Department of Agriculture, Natural Resources Conservation Service.

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