2009 Annual Report
1a.Objectives (from AD-416)
The objective of this cooperative research project is to (1) describe ecological processes that characterize the functioning of the Chihuahuan Desert, (2) identify, evaluate and describe methods for monitoring rangeland conditions, (3) develop techniques for remediation of degraded rangeland, and (4) design new technologies for management of grazing livestock in arid landscapes.
1b.Approach (from AD-416)
Approach emphasizes interdisciplinary research funded by several extramural sources. Objective 1 is shared by the National Science Foundation Long-Term Ecological Research project at the Jornada. We have well established this environment. Objective 2 is shared by the Department of Defense and we are identifying indicators of rangeland health for rapid monitoring of resource conditions. Objective 3 is shared by the Bureau of Land Management where we are evaluating the use of prescribed burning as a management tool for maintaining desert grasslands. Objective 4 is shared by the Natural Resources Conservation Service where we are developing new technologies to control livestock movement on open ranges and rapidly identify botanical composition of grazing animal diets.
Conducted numerous meetings with NMSU administration and faculty throughout the year regarding progress on objectives of our Specific Cooperative Agreement that continues research collaboration initiated in 2002. The program was reviewed by an outside peer panel organized and implemented by the National Science Foundation in 2009. Final report of that review is pending at the time of this annual report submission. Monitoring activities addressing research progress will be conducted throughout the year with New Mexico State University faculty and staff through seminars, symposia, workshops, and meeting.