Location: Northwest Watershed Management Research
2011 Annual Report
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 2011, BLM and ARS identified three high priority restoration areas in the BOP NCA and initiated vegetation monitoring in preparation for an Environmental Assessment (EA) of proposed restoration practices. Vegetation sampling was completed and a draft EA outline initiated for completion in fiscal year 2012. Rangeland restoration activities on these sites are projected for fall 2012 subsequent to EA approval and wildlife, sensitive plant, and archeological clearances. These research and demonstration sites are part of the ARS Areawide Ecologically Based Invasive Plant Management program and will be used for educational outreach to graduate, undergraduate, and high-school level environmental education programs, and extension outreach to land-management agency personnel. Research status and progress are reported via email and project teleconference calls. The agreement was established in support of Objective 3 of the in-house project, the goals being to improve scientific understanding and to transfer technology related to assessing and mitigating the impacts of ecological disturbances by invasive weeds within sagebrush ecosystems of the Intermountain West.