2011 Annual Report
1a.Objectives (from AD-416)
The purpose of the MOU is to provide a framework for cooperation and coordination between the ARS and the Forest Service (FS) in achievement of their mutual goals. Cooperation and coordination may involve a wide range of activities, including, but not limited to, the following: conducting assessments, inventory, collecting germplasm, research, training, monitoring, protection, restoration and other activities necessary to conserve, manage and restore native plant species and their habitats and ecosystems.
1b.Approach (from AD-416)
Both the ARS and the FS have responsibilities and interests in the conservation and management of native plant species, their habitats and associated ecosystems.
This project facilitates the establishment of in-situ germplasm preserves on Forest Service managed lands that will complement NPGS ex-situ germplasm collections of native U.S. crops, especially when such conservation efforts are deemed valuable. In FY 11, information on the locations of native populations of Vaccinium macrocarpon (cranberry) located on USFS land was compiled and reviewed as an initial step for possibly developing one or more in-situ germplasm preserves for cranberry. This agreement is monitored through e-mails, meetings, and phone conversations.