Location: Great Basin Rangelands Research
2013 Annual Report
ARS scientists at Reno, Nevada, and their collaborators developed and published the following books: “Conservation Benefits of Rangeland Practices: Assessment, Recommendations, and Knowledge Gaps”, published by Allen Press in association with Soil and Water Conservation Society (SWCS). “Conservation Outcomes from Pastureland and Hayland Practices: Assessment, Recommendations, and Knowledge Gaps”, published by Allen Press in association with American Grassland and Forage Council and SWCS. In addition, several peer-reviewed papers have been published with SWCS and the Society for Range Management documenting the impact and benefits of conservation on rangelands and include: (1) Weltz, M.A., Jolley, L., Goodrich, D.C., Boykin, K., Guertin, D.P., Hernandez, M., Pierson, F., Morris, C. 2011. Assessing the environmental outcomes of conservation practices applied to grazing lands. Journal of Soil and Water Conservation. 66: 154-162. (2) Weltz, M., Spaeth, K. 2012. Estimating effects of targeted conservation on nonfederal rangelands. Rangelands. 34: 35-40. (3) Spaeth, K., Weltz, M., Briske, D.D, Jolley, L.W., Metz, L., Rossi, C. 2013. Rangeland CEAP: An assessment of natural resources conservation service practices. Rangelands. 35: 2-10.
At the July, 2013 SWCS Annual Conference, a full day symposium with 12 speakers, ARS scientists from Reno, Nevada, presented the most recent scientific findings on the benefits and impacts of conservation on rangelands. We reported on the capacity and capability of the newly released Rangeland Hydrology and Erosion Model and its use in providing national estimates of soil loss across the western United States.
This agreement was established in support of objective 3 of the in-house project, "Develop and transfer innovative management approaches and technology for conserving and rehabilitating sagebrush, pinyon/juniper woodlands, and salt desert shrublands to meet natural resource and agricultural production goals". More specifically, to develop an integrated package of ground-based and remote sensing tools to quantify and assess the environmental impact of management decisions and conservation practices at hillslope and landscape scales in woodland, shrub-steppe, and desert ecosystems of the Great Basin.