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United States Department of Agriculture

Agricultural Research Service

Research Project: DEVELOPMENT OF A DECISION-SUPPORT SYSTEM FOR THE ECOLOGICALLY-BASED MANAGEMENT OF CHEATGRASS- AND MEDUSAHEAD-INFESTED RANGELAND

Location: Range and Meadow Forage Management Research

Title: Advancing EBIPM through education

Authors
item Call, Chris -
item Smith, Brenda
item Kartchner, Halley -
item Steineckert, Ryan -
item Tuckness, Jason -

Submitted to: Rangelands
Publication Type: Peer Reviewed Journal
Publication Acceptance Date: September 21, 2012
Publication Date: December 1, 2012
Citation: Call, C., Smith, B.S., Kartchner, H., Steineckert, R., Tuckness, J. 2012. Advancing EBIPM through education. Rangelands. 34(6):57-63.

Interpretive Summary: To improve and advance management of our Western rangeland there must be a mechanism in place to inform land managers of recent research findings. We are using a decision framework, ecologically-based invasive plant management (EBIPM) as the basis for a curriculum and web site designed for universities, high schools and land managers to learn how to integrate tools and strategies of rangeland management. This effort incorporates recent research findings into the framework. With the online availability of these curricula, land managers have more resources to improve management of invasive plants.

Technical Abstract: Education and technology transfer are central to implementing successful ecologicallybased invasive plant management (EBIPM) programs on western rangelands, particularly those infested by exotic annual grasses. Outreach education events (field schools, workshops, field tours, and symposia) and products (manager guidelines, fact sheets, videos, and curricula) were developed for public/private land managers, policy makers and the general public. A website provides a clearinghouse for viewing and downloading products and event presentations/materials. Attendance at outreach events, requests for products, website visitation, and adoption of EBIPM concepts/practices in invasive plant management plans on public/private lands demonstrate the value of this comprehensive technology transfer effort.

Last Modified: 4/20/2014