San Diego Management & Monitoring Program

Regional Grazing Monitoring Plan


Project description

This project evaluates using grazing as a management tool for degraded grasslands and coastal sage scrub habitat. Pilot projects will be conducted to look at the efficacy of grazing as management tool and necessary monitoring techniques.

Project focus

Project type: Monitoring

Target species: American badger, Arroyo toad, Black-tailed Jackrabbit, California Gnatcatcher, California ground squirrel, Ferruginous hawk, Golden eagle, Grasshopper Sparrow, Loggerhead Shrike, Quino checkerspot butterfly, Southwestern pond turtle, Stephens' kangaroo rat, Western burrowing owl

Target vegetation: coastal sage scrub, grassland, vernal pools and alkali playa

Main implementing entity: San Diego Management and Monitoring Program

Partner: California Department of Fish and Wildlife; City of San Diego Public Utilities; Conservation Biology Institute; County of San Diego, Department of Parks and Recreation; Endangered Habitats Conservancy; Escondido Creek Conservancy; National Resources Conservation Service; Resource Conservation District (RCD) of Greater San Diego; San Diego Habitat Conservancy; San Diego Zoo Institute for Conservation Research; SANDAG; The Nature Conservancy; U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service; U.S. Forest Service; U.S. Geological Survey

Point of contact: Sarah McCutcheon

Project Page manager: Sarah McCutcheon

SDMMP lead: Sarah McCutcheon

Study lead: Sarah McCutcheon

Project Funding


Files and Documents

2021 History of Livestock Grazing at RJER and HCWA

Author(s):Nelson, Tracie; Austel, John

2021 How useful is grazing in the restoration toolbox?: A Literature Review with a Focus on San Diego County Rangelands

Author(s):Motamed, Kaveh; White, Michael; Ratcliff, Felix; Bartolome, James

2021 SDMMP Grazing Monitoring Plan Objectives

Author(s):McCutcheon, Sarah

2021 UCB Project Team- Grazing Monitoring Plan

Author(s):Huntsinger, Lynn; Bartolome, James; Ratcliff, Felix; Shapero, Matthew; Motamed, Kaveh; White, Michael; Ford, Lawrence