Project Number: 1902-21000-008-06
Start Date: Sep 15, 2011
End Date: Sep 30, 2015
Empirical statistical models will be calibrated and tested using field trial data collected in the northeastern United States. Regions of similar climate and soils may also be included. Existing soils, climate, and elevation geographic information systems (GIS) data layers will be used to extrapolate those predictive models across the landscape for the Northeast and the northern Great Plains and will be extended to the continental United States using ARS and NRCS data. Scenario development will use current and historic land cover data and will address previous and future tensions between forage and biofuels uses, as well as development and abandonment of lands. The deliverable from this work will be landscape-scale mapping and prediction of potential biofuel and forage species distributions and abundances, to be incorporated into a management and planning tool.