CONSERVATION EFFECTS ASSESSMENT PROJECT - GRAZINGLANDS
Pasture Systems & Watershed Management Research
2009 Annual Report
1a.Objectives (from AD-416)
To provide quantitative information and analytical tools that can be used to evaluate the impact of selected grazingland conservation practices on natural resource values.
1b.Approach (from AD-416)
The objective will be achieved by improving inventorying and monitoring techniques and conducting field measurements of the impacts of forage harvest management, vegetative seeding, grazing systems, and other conservation practices on soil and water quality including the movement of nutrients and particulate matter and significant changes in biodiversity.
Data were compiled from literature surveys of four principal conservation practices: prescribed grazing, pasture and hayland planting, nutrient management, and forage harvest management. Data are currently being synthesized by four teams of scientists for a national database. Progress was monitored through periodic meetings, conference calls, and emails. Briefings on project progress were held for the national CEAP steering committee in Beltsville, MD in June 2009 and for national NRCS leadership at Washington, D.C. in June 2009.