Cooperative Science & Management Program Between the BLM Snake River Birds of Prey National Conservation Area & the USDA/ARS
Northwest Watershed Management Research
2013 Annual Report
1a.Objectives (from AD-416):
The objective of this cooperative project is to develop and implement science, management and educational outreach plans for restoration of high-priority wildlife habitat at the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Snake River Birds of Prey National Conservation Area (NCA).
1b.Approach (from AD-416):
The Participants will jointly explore and coordinate research, management and outreach activities of mutual interest which will be implemented by mutual understanding and in conformity with the regulations and policies of both Participants.
This Memorandum of Understanding was developed by ARS and the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), Morley Nelson Snake River Birds of Prey (BOP) National Conservation Area (NCA) in support of ARS and BLM rangeland restoration research, management and educational outreach programs. In 2013, BLM and ARS monitored vegetation at the Section 16, South Sim, and Orchard field sites in support of a joint research program in establishment and survival of perennial grass seedlings. ARS participated in educational outreach activities by giving presentations to 200 grammar-school students as part of BLM Discovery Days. ARS and BLM also participated in joint planning of a Birds of Prey working group to discuss multi-agency cooperation in rangeland restoration research and outreach. This agreement was established in support of Objective 2 of the in-house project, the goals being to develop decision-support tools that will improve the success of rangeland restoration projects in the Great Basin by integrating weather, climate, micro-climate and forecast data into ecological site descriptions and conservation practice models to reduce the risks of climatic uncertainties.