Farming, Ranching, Foraging

The San Francisco Bay Area may be one of the densest metropolitan areas of the country, but roughly 40 percent of the region’s total land area is comprised of farms and rangelands. As such, the Bay Area has been at the forefront of the local food movement where the concern about growing food in balance with nature has a head seat at the table.

2016 Local Hero Award Winner for Youth Engagement

October 20, 2015 by Bay Nature Staff

Naftali is a passionate advocate of our local wild lands and a visionary student leader.

No Comments

On the Fence

October 01, 2015 by Alison Hawkes

The recovery of the nearly extinct Tule Elk has become a dilemma for the park service, ranchers, and environmentalists at Point Reyes.


On a Now-Protected Ranch Above Tomales Bay, a Chance to ‘Give the Land What It Deserves’

July 10, 2015 by Brett Simpson

A rare agricultural biodiversity survey gives MALT a chance to explore its stunning new acquisition above Tomales Bay.


Letter: George Wuerthner Responds to Sheila Barry

July 05, 2015 by George Wuerthner

An ecologist argues that endorsing the benefits of livestock ignores the many negative impacts cows have on water quality, wildlife, plant communities, soils, and ecosystems.

No Comments

Letter: Sheila Barry Responds to George Wuerthner

June 17, 2015 by Sheila Barry

Santa Clara County livestock advisor Sheila Barry on why livestock grazing is valued for conservation.


Pro-Grazing Pieces Don’t Do a Full Accounting of Livestock Costs

May 25, 2015 by George Wuerthner

An ecologist argues that the presumed benefits of grazing—if they are real in the first place--can only be realized in small areas and/or result in excessive widespread collateral damage to wildlife, soils, water, and vegetation.


Pro: Public Lands Need Cattle to Meet Conservation Goals

May 08, 2015 by Sheila Barry

A livestock advisor who promotes biodiversity on grazing lands explains why cattle can be beneficial to conservation.


Con: Cattle Grazing Is Incompatible with Conservation

May 07, 2015 by Karen Klitz and Jeff Miller

Two experts on grazing offer their opinion on why cattle should be barred from public lands.


Range of Possibilities

March 31, 2015 by Kelly Cash

If ranchers are such great conservation partners, why has ranching often been viewed as bad for the environment?


Bayview: The Growing Understanding of Rangelands

March 31, 2015 by David Loeb

Just as demand for locally sourced beef is rising, the ability of local ranchers to produce it is going down. The soaring rents and real estate prices that make it difficult for young writers and families to live in the Mission (or Gilman) District also make it difficult for local ranchers—young and old—to keep ranching in west Marin or southern Santa Clara.

1 Comment