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Sheila J. Barry

County Director/ Livestock and Natural Resources Advisor, San Francisco Bay Area
UCCE Santa Clara County
1553 Berger Drive, Bldg 1
2nd Floor
San Jose, CA 95112
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Also in:
San Mateo-San Francisco Counties
Alameda County Cooperative Extension
Contra Costa County Cooperative Extension


Sheila serves the San Francisco Bay area as a Natural Resource and Livestock Advisor. She conducts applied research on grassland and oak woodland management. Sheila works with cattle ranchers and public agencies to promote working landscapes that conserve biological diversity and protect water quality.

She has a Masters degree in Animal Science from Texas A&M University and Bachelors degrees in Agricultural Science and International Relations from University of California Davis. Sheila is licensed by the State of California as a Certified Rangeland Manager.


Work Information

Location: "Santa Clara County, Contra Costa County, Alameda County, San Mateo County"
Program Area: "Livestock, Natural Resources"
Unit: Cooperative Extension

Other Information

Significant Other: Scott Barry
County: Santa Clara
Notes: "Currently Advisor in Santa Clara, Alameda, Contra Costa, San Mateo, and San Francisco Counties"


M.S. Animal Science/ Range Science, Texas A&M. 1991
B.A.S. Agricultural Science and Management, International Relations, UC Davis. 1989


Rangeland Ecology and Management, Beef Cattle Production, Rangeland Conservation, Grazing Management,

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Peer Reviewed

  • Ratcliff, F.; Barry, S., et al. (2023). Cattle Grazing Moderates Greenhouse Gas and Particulate Matter Emissions from California Grassland Wildfires.  Sustainability. 15:18, 13539.
  • Ratcliff, F.; Rao, D., et al. (2022). Cattle grazing reduces fuel and leads to more manageable fire behavior. California Agriculture. 76:2, 60-69.
  • Barry, S. (2022). Sustain livestock ranching to sustain habitat: land sharing at risk on San Francisco Bay Area exacted conservation easements. Ecology and Society, 27(3).

  • Huntsinger, L.; Barry, S. (2021). Grazing in California's Mediterranean Multi-Firescapes. Frontiers in Sustainable Food Systems. 5, 715366.
  • Barry, Sheila; Huntsinger, Lynn (2021). Rangeland Land-Sharing, Livestock Grazing’s Role in the Conservation of Imperiled Species. Sustainability. 13:8, 4466.
  • Barry, S.; Larson, S., et al. (2020). A Guide to Livestock Leases for Annual Rangelands. UC ANR publication 8679. Feb 2020.
  • Forero, L; Davy, J, et al. (2020). Field Guide to Common California Rangeland and Pasture Plants. UC ANR publication 3550.
  • Barry, S. (2020). Livestock mobility through integrated beef production-scapes supports rangeland livestock production and conservation. Frontiers in Sustainable Food Systems. 4, 269.
  • Forero, L.; Barry, S., et al. (2020). Understanding Beef Cattle Production Cycle and Economics on CA Annual Grassland. ANR Publication 8687.
  • Hillis, V; Berry, Kate, et al. (2020). Unlikely alliances and their implications for resource management in the American West. Environmnetal Research Letters. 15:045002.
  • Barry, S. (2019). Paying North American Livestock Producers for Providing Multiple Ecosystem Services. Livestock Production, Management Strategies and Challenges.V. Squires and W. Bryden. New York, Nova Science Publishers.
  • Li, X., Flores, K.A., Barry, S., Becchetti, T.A., Doran, M., Finzel, J.A., Larsen, R., Lile, D., McDougald, N., Nguyen, T. and Xiao, C., 2019. Statewide Cross-Sectional Survey of Cryptosporidium and Giardia in California Cow-Calf Herds. Rangeland Ecology & Management72(3), pp.461-466.

  • Wolf, K.M. (2017). Compatibility of Livestock Grazing and Recreational Use on Coastal California Public Lands: Importance, Interactions and Management Solutions. Rangeland Ecology and Management. 70:2, 192-201.
  • Brownsey, Phillip; James, Jeremy, et al. (2016). Using Phenology to Optimize Timing of Mowing and Grazing Treatments for Medusahead (Taeniatherum caput-medusae). Rangeland Ecology & Management.
  • Larson, S.; Barry, S., et al. (2015) "Understanding Working Rangelands: Bay Area Ranching Heritage: A Continuing Legacy". ANR Publication (8528), 5 p
  • Larson, S.; Barry, S., et al. (2015) "Understanding Working Rangelands: Caring for Cattle and Sheep to Provide Safe and Wholesome Meat". ANR Publication (8530), 9 p
  • Larson, S.; Barry, S., et al. (2015) "Understanding Working Rangelands: Cattle, Sheep, Goats, and Horses: What’s the Difference for Working Rangelands". ANR Publication (8524), 7 p
  • Barry, S.; Larson, S., et al. (2015) "Understanding Working Rangelands: Cows Need Water, Too: Water Sources, Wetlands and Riparian Areas". ANR Publication (8525), 5 p
  • Barry, S.; Larson, S., et al. (2015) "Understanding Working Rangelands: Grazing Systems Management". ANR Publication (8529), 5 p
  • Larson, S.; Barry, S., et al. (2015) "Understanding Working Rangelands: Sharing Open Space: What to Expect from Grazing Livestock". ANR Publication (8516), 5 p
  • Barry, S.; Larson, S., et al. (2015) "Understanding Working Rangelands: The Benefits of Livestock Grazing California’s Annual Grasslands". ANR Publication (8517), 7 p
  • Bartolome, J.; Allen-Diaz, B., et al. (2014). "Grazing For Biodiversity in California Mediterranean Grasslands." Rangelands 36(5): 36-43.
  • Barry, S. (2014). "Using Social Media to Discover Public Values, Interests, and Perceptions about Cattle Grazing on Park Lands." Environmental Management 53: 454-464.
  • Barry, S. (2013). Providing relevant context for fecal loading treatment rates applied to vernal pool mesocosms. Aquatic Botany. 104, 233. January 2013. http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0304377012001192
  • Barry, S. (2013). Reply to response to "Providing relevant context for fecal loading treatment rates applied to vernal pool mesocosms". Aquatic Botany. 104, 236-238. January 2013. http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S030437701200161110.1016/j.aquabot.2012.10.004
  • Barry, S.; King, W., et al. (2010). Opportunities to sustain "greener" farming: comparing impacts of water quality regulations in two catchments: Lake Taupo (NZ) and Tomales Bay, California (USA). New Zealand Grassland Association Proceedings.
  • George, M.; Barry, S., et al. (2008). Deep Clay Ecological Site Description (R015XI009CA). Ecological Site Information System. USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service. http://esis.sc.egov.usda.gov/
  • George, M.; Barry, S., et al. (2008). Fine Loamy Upland Ecological Site Description (R015XI012CA). Ecological Site Information System. USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service. http://esis.sc.egov.usda.gov/
  • Barry, S. (2008). Global Climate Change: Opportunities and Challenges for Rangeland Managers. Western Beef Research Committee. CL 515, 3.
  • Barry, S. (2007). Maintaining Ranch Roads. Western Beef Research Committee. CL, 5xx, xpp.
  • Barry, S.; Schohr, T., et al. (2007). "The California Rangeland Conservation Coalition. Grazing Research Supports an Alliance for Working Landscapes." Rangelands 29(3): 31-34.
  • Barry, S.; Larson, S., et al. (2006). California Native Grasslands: A Historical Perspective - A Guide for Developing Realistic Restoration Objectives. Grasslands. 7-11. Winter 2006.
  • George, H.; Barry, S., et al. (2006). "Comparison of Comparative Yield and Stubble Height for Estimating Herbage Standing Crop in Annual Rangelands." Rangeland Ecology & Management 59(4): 438-441.
  • Barry, S. (2006). Transportation. Beef Care Practices.C. Stull, S. Barry and W. Jensen. DANR Publication. Publication #8257
  • Barry, Sheila.; Drake, Dan., et al. (2006). Transportation. Fundamentals of Beef Management.D. Drake and R. Philips. DANR Publication. Publication #3495
  • Standiford, R.; Barry, S. (2005). California's Hardwood Rangelands: Production and Conservation Values. Planner's Guide for Oak Woodlands.G. Guisti, D. McCreary, R. Standiford and . (editors). ANR Publication. Publication #3191, 98-108.
  • Barry, S.; Guenther, K., et al. (2005). Understanding Livestock Grazing Impacts. DANR Publication. Publication #21626, 99.
  • Barry, S.; Guenther, K., et al. (2005). Understanding Livestock Grazing Impacts: a decision to support tool to develop goal-oriented grazing management strategies. Utilisation of grazed grass in temperate systems. XXth International Grassland Congress, Cork, Ireland.
  • Ward, T.; Tate, K., et al. (2003). A comparison of three visual assessments for riparian and stream health. Journal of Soil and Water Conservation. 58:2, 83-88.
  • Barry, S.; Huntsinger, L. (2002). "Will California's Landscapes Keep Working?" Rangelands 24(3): 6-11.
  • Atwill, E.; Johnson, E., et al. (1999). "Age, geographic, and temporal distribution of fecal shedding of Cryptosporidium parvum oocysts in cow-calf herds." American Journal of Veterinary Research 60(4): 420-425.
  • Barry, S. (1998). Managing the Sacramento Vernal Pool Landscape to Sustain Native Flora. Ecology, Conservation, and Management of Vernal Pool Ecosystems - 1996 Conference, Sacramento, CA, California Native Plant Society.
  • Barry, S. (1997). Describing Grazing Management and Utilization when Conducting Botanical Surveys. DANR. Publication #7225, 4.
  • Standiford, R.; McCreary, D., et al. (1996). "Sustainability of Firewood Harvesting on Hardwood Rangelands." California Agriculture 50(2): 7-12.
  • Barry, S. (1995). Rangeland Oasis. DANR Publication. Publication #21531, 12.
  • Barry, S. (1995). "Vernal Pools on California's Annual Grasslands." Rangelands 17(5): 174-176.
  • Gaertner, S.; Rouquette Jr., F., et al. (1992). Influence of Calving Season and Stocking Rate on Birth Weight and Weaning Weight of Simmental-Sired Calves from Brahman x Hereford (F1) Dams. Journal of Animal Science. 70, 2296-2303.

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