OAKDALE, Calif. — Keeping rangelands and ranches viable for wildlife, wetlands and water will be a key topic at the 9th annual California Rangeland Conservation Coalition Summit here Jan. 21-22.

Each year, ranchers, researchers, managers, agency representatives and conservationists gather to discuss how to work together to maintain rangelands.

This year, speakers will address a trend in which ranches and grazing land is being replaced by ranchettes and shopping malls as well as tree crops, vineyards and other types of agriculture, according to a news release.

The event will include presentations on the challenges ranchers face, impacts of rangeland conversion to natural resources and opportunities to support working ranches and rancher stewardship, the release explains. Ranchers from Colorado and Montana will discuss conservation efforts they are undertaking on their properties.

On the conference’s second day, participants will be led on a ranch tour.

The event is sponsored by the rangeland coalition, the University of California Cooperative Extension and about two dozen other environmental groups and government agencies.

For more information, visit http://www.carangeland.org/calendarevents/2014summit.html or call Pelayo Alvarez at (916) 313-5800, extension 107.

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