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Jonathan Gelbard

Jonathan Gelbard
Mad Agriculture

Ph.D.
Translator of Science into Nature Based Solutions That Accelerate Regenerative Agriculture & Rewilding

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Publications (12)
Technical Report
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There has long been a need for agreement on what “sustainable” rangeland and pasture management looks like in practice. Many ranchers and farmers believe that their operations are examples of good practices in the three spheres of sustainability – environmental conservation, economic viability, and social responsibility. Yet because there are no wi...
Technical Report
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The Grasslands Alliance is a coalition of conservation organizations that uses this standard in collaboration with supply chain partners to guide and incentivize continuous improvements in beef production. This standard is a certification tool and a guide to good and continuously improving management of land, natural resources and livestock on beef...
Technical Report
This report is available as a 7-part blog series on Medium: https://medium.com/@jongelbard/gelbard-sustainablebeef-series-9bc2a84820a5 Summary: Grassland scientist, Dr. Jonathan Gelbard of Conservation Value Solutions, has been working for years to help define sustainable beef production and develop incentives for ranchers, farmers and other supp...
Poster
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Through five years of research, outreach and consensus building that began at a convening of stakeholders at UC Davis, an NGO coalition has developed a sustainability standard for beef cattle ranching in North America. The Grasslands Alliance standard has been piloted on working ranches and is ready for full deployment. It defines sustainability in...
Conference Paper
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Certification standards have been an effective mechanism for building conservation partnerships in other commodities; can that success be replicated in the U.S. beef sector to better incentivize grassland conservation? This multi-stakeholder panel explored related questions.
Article
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This chapter reviews the current environmental policy setting for conservation and management of grassland ecosystems in California. It first summarizes the hierarchy of federal-to-local land use policies that potentially affect the use and management of California grasslands, focusing on how these policies are currently being applied to grasslands...
Article
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Roadless habitats are commonly found to be less invaded than habitats near roads, but few studies have tested whether this pattern is due to propagule limitation or to greater invasion resistance of roadless sites. We examined reasons for the lower frequency and cover of yellow starthistle (Centaurea solstitialis) in grassland sites .1000 m vs. 10...
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The idea that roadless habitats act as refuges for native-plant diversity against exotic-plant invasion has seldom been tested. We examined the effect of distance from roads and its interactions with soil type, aspect, and livestock grazing on native-and exotic-plant diversity in a 130 000-ha inland California (USA) foothill grassland landscape. Du...
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Roads are believed to be a major contributing factor to the ongoing spread of exotic plants. We examined the effect of road improvement and environmental variables on exotic and native plant diversity in roadside verges and adjacent semiarid grassland, shrubland, and woodland communities of southern Utah ( U.S.A. ). We measured the cover of exotic...

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See: 1. http://GrasslandsAlliance.org 2. Blog series describing the conservation and climate-related challenges that we are developing incentive programs to address: https://medium.com/@jongelbard/gelbard-sustainablebeef-series-9bc2a84820a5