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United States Department of Agriculture

Agricultural Research Service

Research Project: Quantifying Plant Growth Response and Environmental Benefits Derived from Implementing Grazing Land Conservation Practices

Location: Great Basin Rangelands Research

Project Number: 2060-13610-001-05
Project Type: Specific Cooperative Agreement

Start Date: Jun 24, 2011
End Date: Mar 30, 2016

Objective:
The Soil and Water Conservation Society is undertaking a cooperative project with the Agricultural Research Service and the Natural Resources Conservation Service to document the status of knowledge regarding the effect of conservation practices applied to grazing lands across the United States. The primary purpose is to construct the scientific foundation for the Conservation Effects Assessment Project (CEAP) by documenting what is known and what is not known about the environmental effects of conservation practices on plant growth processes and responses to treatments. The work will focus on the effects of conservation practices applied to grazing lands on the following environmental outcomes: water availability, water quality, soil quality, habitat, forage availability, and fuel reductions.

Approach:
The Soil and Water Conservation Society will assist in synthesizing the appropriate literature and expert opinion to document the effect of modeling plant communities by different functional plant groupings on ability the detect benefits of conservation practices on six basic resource concerns; (1) water availability, (2) water quality, (3) Soil quality, (4) Net Primary Productivity, (5) Habitat/landscape fragmentation for the Great Basin, and (6) wildlife benefits.

Last Modified: 11/24/2014
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