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United States Department of Agriculture

Agricultural Research Service

Research Project: IDENTIFYING EFFECTIVE STRATEGIES FOR CONTROLLING ANNUAL BROMES ON MINE LANDS Project Number: 5434-21630-002-12
Project Type: Specific Cooperative Agreement

Start Date: Apr 01, 2011
End Date: Jan 20, 2013

Objective:
We will develop the ability to forecast reclamation outcomes on former coal mining lands plagued by invasive annual brome invasion (i.e. cheatgrass and Japanese brome). The forecasts will predict plant species compositions resulting from particular combinations of seed mixes, soils, climate, vegetation, and other reclamation attributes. We will develop an outreach program to educate reclamation managers about the most consistently effective reclamation procedures our project identifies.

Approach:
Our team will collect data from 80 sites distributed across eight coal mines and two states in order to develop an extensive database of information on reclamation planning, monitoring and outcomes. We will use statistical modeling of these data to develop the ability to forecast reclamation outcomes.

Last Modified: 12/19/2014
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