REGARDING THE NEED FOR INCREASED EFFORTS IN MANAGEMENT AND RESTORATION OF SAGEBRUSH COMMUNITIES IN THE GREAT BASIN
Great Basin Rangelands Research
2011 Annual Report
1a.Objectives (from AD-416)
To conduct cooperative research and implementation activities on restoration of sagebrush communities in the Great Basin.
1b.Approach (from AD-416)
This is a non-funded obligating document that shall not obligate the participating parties to obligate or transfer any funds. The MOU primarily encourages all signatory institutions to cooperate in the overall goals of habitat restoration research and implementation efforts in areas that are highly impacted by invasive plants such as exotic cheatgrass (Bromus tectorum) and/or native pinyon-juniper. The partnerships will allow the signatory institutions to set joint priorities, coordinate activities, define common visions/ goals and to develop and implement innovative approaches to resolve serious rangeland problems within the Great Basin.
This project was established in support of Objective 2 of the in-house project: Devise management guidelines, technologies, and practices for conserving and restoring Great Basin rangelands. The ARS, University of Nevada, Reno, and NRCS partners met four times in FY 2011 to review progress on developing techniques to reduce the impact of cheatgrass on Great Basin rangelands. Unit scientists have numerous field studies on Nevada Deaprtment of Wildlife (NDOW)lands where different reseeding techniques have been implemented to restore the site to desired vegetation. The project team meets quarterly and reviews findings from the demonstration sites and field trials and adjusts recommendations that the NDOW uses in managing its land holdings across Nevada.