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Conservancy staff find support in UCCE California Naturalist volunteers
The Tejon Ranch Conservancy oversees almost a quarter-million acres. But with a paid staff of only six and a new, ambitious management plan, the Conservancy was struggling to achieve all of its conservation goals. It was clear that the staff needed volunteer help, but they weren’t sure how to find volunteers with the technical know-how and expertise needed to help in their conservation work. UCCE helped connect the Conservancy to graduates of its California Naturalist training curriculum. Anyone who completes the training is certified as a California Naturalist, with the educational background necessary to provide valuable citizen science work for the Conservancy. Since the Tejon Ranch Conservancy adopted the curriculum in the fall of 2013, new volunteers have been monitoring acorn crops, designing and constructing interpretive kiosks, assisting with wildlife monitoring, and working weather stations. Thanks to the California Naturalist curriculum, the Conservancy has been able to expand its capacity and achieve its management goals for protection and conservation of a vital part of California’s natural environment.
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