CCA and Grazing Permittees Win Ninth Circuit Appeal in Water Quality Lawsuit
Earlier this month, a three-judge panel of the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals handed down a significant victory for public lands grazing, finding in favor of CCA and several Stanislaus National Forest grazing permittees in an appeal brought by the Central Sierra Environmental Resources Center (CSERC). To learn more, read last week’s edition of Legislative Bulletin.
Rep. Panetta Introduces A-PLUS Act to Improve Access to Processing Facilities
Representative Jimmy Panetta (D-CA20) has introduction of the bipartisan Amplifying Processing of Livestock in the United States (A-PLUS) Act, which seeks to increase meat processing capacity by allowing livestock auction markets to own, invest in and manage small meat packing facilities. For more information, including CCA’s response to the bill, read last week’s edition of Legislative Bulletin.
State “Beneficial Fire” Strategic Plan Released, Identifies CCA as Key Partner
On March 30, the Governor’s Wildfire and Forest Resilience Task Force released its Strategic Plan for Expanding the Use of Beneficial Fire, which sets forth a strategy for applying ‘beneficial fire’ on up to 400,000 acres per year by the year 2025 as part of the state’s overall goal of treating 1 million acres of vegetation annually. CCA’s Fire Subcommittee provided input into the strategic plan, and CCA is the only private organization explicitly identified in the strategic plan as a partner in achieving the state’s prescribed fire target. For more information, see the April 4 edition of Legislative Bulletin.
New Stories from California Cattle Country Episode: Pacific Flyway at Roberti Ranch w/ the Audubon Society
Every year millions of waterfowl go on a commute of thousands of miles and require respite in natural areas with water and sustenance. California ranches often fulfill such needs and have preserved enough pit stops throughout the Pacific Flyway. In fact, many of the ranchers I’ve met are birders who revel in the return of the waterfowl seasonally, know when to expect their arrival and provide habitat to preserve their travels for years to come. In this episode we visit Roberti Ranch in the Sierra Valley, one of these critical pit-stops for waterfowl and talk to rancher Rick Roberti about his infatuation with his annual wing-ed visitors and with Jill Slocum from the Plumas Audubon Society.
To listen to the episode, see photos of the birds we saw on the tour prior to recording and more, click here. Stories from California Cattle Country is produced by the California Cattlemen’s Foundation with support from the California Cattle Council. If you want a glimpse into our travels, follow the podcast’s Instagram account @calcattlecountry.