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 reserves on Forest Service managed lands that complement NPGS ex situ germplasm collections. In FY 12, additional information on the locations of native populations of Vaccinium macrocarpon (cranberry) located on Forest Service land was compiled and reviewed. Discussions were initiated between ARS and FS on the selection of suitable populations for in situ reserves, and a site visit to a candidate population was conducted.