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Research Project: Student Conservation Associates Perform Ongoing Research at the USDA Northwest Watershed Research Center in Boise, Idaho

Location: Northwest Watershed Management Research

2011 Annual Report


1a.Objectives (from AD-416)
To utilize Student Conservation Association members to assist in research related projects in restoration research in the Boise Foothills and the Northern Great Basin Area.


1b.Approach (from AD-416)
Student Conservation Association Participants are assigned a variety of projects with which they gain experience with scientists and technicians. Student Conservation Association Participants are able to receive AmeriCorps Education Awards to its eligible Conservation Interns because of their participation in this program.


3.Progress Report

This Cooperative Agreement was developed by ARS and the Student Conservation Association (SCA) to provide SCA associates with work experience in rangeland restoration planning and management. In 2011, ARS scientists at the Northwest Watershed Research Center (NWRC) in Boise, Idaho recruited and hired two SCA associates and provided training and supervision for rangeland monitoring and restoration planning as part of the ARS Areawide Research and Demonstration Program in Ecologically Based Invasive Plant Management (EBIPM). The SCA associates conducted EBIPM research field surveys at the following demonstration sites in Idaho; Birds of Prey National Conservation Area, the Skate Park and Warm Springs. The SCA associates also participated in field monitoring of vegetation at the Upper Sheep site at the Reynolds Creek Experimental Watershed in support of NWRC's prescribed fire and hydrology program. These data are part of long-term studies by NWRC in rangeland restoration and prescribed fire management. In addition to development of field experience, SCA associates were introduced to a variety of NWRC research and outreach projects involving hydrology, juniper management, remote sensing, and technology transfer. Research progress and status are reported vis project teleconference calls and email. This agreement was established in support of Objectives 1-4 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, fire and predation on rangeland water, vegetation and animal resources within sagebrush ecosystems of the Intermountain West.


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