Hopland Research and Extension Center
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Hopland Research and Extension Center

Dave Koball to join as HREC Superintendent

In the 60 years that the University of California has operated it's beautiful 5,358 acre Research and Extension Center (REC) in Hopland only a handful of people have helped to manage the site as Superintendent. Dave Koball, formerly of Fetzer, is about to follow in the footsteps of Bob Keiffer in this role.

“Dave's education and experience prepare him well for the diversity of management challenges and opportunities we currently face while supporting relevant and timely research at Hopland.  Dave's established working relationships with our community partners will advance our research and outreach efforts and strengthen our current team efforts.” commented Dr. Kim Rodrigues, Hopland REC Director. The job of superintendent at the Hopland REC has always been something of a balancing act – mixing the needs of many and various research projects on the site with the desire to practice sustainable land management. Just one of the challenges that Koball will be working on is the efforts the center is making to run an active ranch while also respecting the wide diversity of native wildlife that shares the site with the flock of over 800 Western whiteface sheep.

“I am thrilled and honored to become a member of the knowledgeable, dedicated, and enthusiastic team at the University of California Hopland REC. It is my hope that my background in research from earlier in my career and more recent winegrape industry experience and contacts will help me to increase the visibility, and usability of this gem of a resource that we have here in our backyard.  The Hopland REC is a very representative sample of inland Mendocino county, and has features in common with many areas of California, making it the perfect area for research on natural resources, ecology, and different agricultural products from winegrapes to sheep and other new up and coming crops.  With a base elevation of 500 feet and upper elevation of 3,000 feet, the ranch is topographically diverse and absolutely beautiful!  I am really looking forward to entering the California Naturalist program that is run from the Center, as well as participating in many of the public events held there, from sheep shearing to the monthly hikes.  I feel very fortunate to be able to have this fantastic opportunity to learn more about nature and biology while continuing to live and work in Mendocino County.” described Mr. Koball when asked about his hopes for the position. Koball's addition to the team marks an important time at the center as a number of new positions, including the directorship have been filled in the last 2 years. “This is an exciting time for Hopland REC, with a great team now ready to meet the challenges of our times and to share what we learn with our local community” commented Rodrigues.

There are opportunities to visit the center and meet Hopland REC staff at upcoming events, sign up for our newsletter to be kept up to date! 

Posted on Tuesday, June 14, 2016 at 1:22 PM


Visited with my Major Professor W.E."Howdy"Howard, took my Sac State wildlife students there, visited for a prescribed fire evaluation workshop, and live within sight in northern Sonoma County. I care about the success of the place!

Posted by Earle Cummings on June 15, 2016 at 6:22 AM

Welcome, Dave!  
I look forward to meeting you soon!  
Lynda Myers, HREC volunteer

Posted by Lynda Myers on June 15, 2016 at 7:19 AM

Welcome Dave. You have big shoes to fill. Bob Kieffer was a terrific asset to HREC. If you ever have questions about the Rod Shippey Hall let us know. We were very proud to have been the Architects for the project and to ahve worked with such an amazing group of folks at HREC.

Posted by Paul Roberts on June 15, 2016 at 7:43 AM

Thanks for the offer Paul - we appreciate your support, you're always welcome to come see the hall and hear about the way in which we are using it now!

Reply by Hannah Bird on June 15, 2016 at 8:10 AM

Welcome Dave,  
We are very excited to have you as a member of the HREC Team.  
You bring a great connection to the local community and great experience. I look forward to working with you for years to come. Meggin

Posted by Meggin Lewman on June 15, 2016 at 9:15 AM

Thanks for the shout out to CalNat, Dave! We all look forward to your leadership at HREC!

Posted by Brook Gamble on June 15, 2016 at 11:36 AM

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