The Lower Piru Rangelands Project: A Southern California Climate Change Adaptation Case Study

Created: 12/06/2017 - Updated: 1/07/2021


Climate change may affect the ability to achieve on-the-ground project goals and objectives. The following case study demonstrates how climate change vulnerability and adaptation information can be integrated into existing and future regional grazing management projects to increase overall project resilience. For this example, resource managers and regional stakeholders worked together to evaluate: 1) how climate and non-climate vulnerabilities could impact the ability to achieve project goals, 2) what current project actions help to address or minimize vulnerabilities, and 3) what new actions could be added to the project to address remaining vulnerabilities. While this specific project has already been completed, developing and revising grazing management plans is a common activity in southern California, and this type of process could easily be replicated in future projects.

Lower Piru Rangelands Project Goals & Actions

The Ojai Ranger District within the Los Padres National Forest revised a grazing management plan for three allotments within the coastal scrub and annual grassland-dominated Lower Piru Rangelands. The goals of this project were to:

  1. Ensure that livestock grazing is managed in a manner that moves toward desired resource conditions consistent with multiple use goals;

  2. Mitigate livestock grazing impacts to threatened and endangered species’ habitats at specific locations;

  3. Determine the suitability of roads in Wilderness and Inventoried Roadless Area that provide management access within allotments;

  4. Make forage available to qualified livestock operators that are suitable for livestock grazing; and

  5. Prevent livestock from impacting recreation in the Lake Piru Recreation Area.

Primary project actions included:

  • Graze Piru, Pothole, and Temescal allotments

  • Eliminate 0.1 miles of road and convert 0.7 miles to trail (maintain 10 total road miles)

  • Reinstall and repair fencing to prevent livestock from impacting riparian species and habitats

  • Consider adjusting season of use, stocking rate, and/or temporary improvements (install water trough, salting) to influence livestock distribution and promote progress toward desired resource conditions 


Project File (s)

Lower Piru Rangelands Adaptation Implementation Case Study


Kershner, J.M., L.E. Hilberg, and W.A. Reynier. 2017. The Lower Piru Rangelands Project: A Southern California Climate Change Adaptation Case Study. Retrieved from CAKE:…



Project Contact(s)

Jessi Kershner

Senior Scientist

Position: Senior Scientist

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Scale of Project
Regional / Subnational
Sector Addressed
Conservation / Restoration
Land Use Planning
Target Climate Changes and Impacts
Habitat extent
Type of Adaptation Action/Strategy
Natural Resource Management / Conservation
Incorporate future conditions into natural resources planning and policies
Habitat/Biome Type

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