Richard’s professional career with the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service includes 36 years of experience as a rangeland specialist, ecologist, and biologist. His work included training co-workers and assisting landowners with restoration or enhancement of rangelands, wetlands, cropland, chaparral, forests, woodlands, and stream corridors in northern Arizona, northwestern Nevada, and throughout northern California before retiring in 2012. Specific areas of experience and expertise include grazing planning, building soil organic matter, replacing invasive/pest species with diverse communities of life, land infrastructure planning, biological monitoring, financial planning, consensus building, and Holistic Management®. Since retirement from NRCS, he enjoys helping individuals or groups learn the simple new framework for consistently better decision-making, Holistic Management®, so that decisions are ecologically regenerative, economically viable, and socially sound, both short-term and long-term. He has practiced this decision-making on his family’s small farm since 1991, profitably converting dry-farmed annual grassland to perennial grassland and oaks, increasing biodiversity and productivity above and below ground, producing grass-finished beef, and improving relationships at home and in the community.
Richard is a Certified Educator in Holistic Management® (Holistic Management International); Certified Professional in Rangeland Management (Society for Range Management); and Certified Rangeland Manager (California State Board of Forestry and Fire Protection).
His formal educations includes degrees in Wildlife Management BS with a minor in Range Management from Humboldt State University, and a master’s degree in biology from Northern Arizona University.