1a. Objectives (from AD-416)
The objective is to assess and report the science on environmental effects of major conservation practices at the regional and national levels. The primary purpose is to construct the scientific foundation for the Conservation Effects Assessment Project (CEAP) by documenting what is known and what is not known about the environmental effects of conservation practices on pasture lands in a book.
1b. Approach (from AD-416)
The American Forage and Grassland Council will organize the design and publishing of a book documenting what is known and what is not known about the environmental affects of conservation practices on pasture lands. By recruiting lead authors, appropriate literature will be synthesized to document the science behind four primary conservation practices: (1) prescribed grazing, (2) nutrient management, (3) forage harvest management, and (4) pasture and hayland planting. A 5th chapter will be developed to address integrated conservation and management systems.
3. Progress Report
The four writing teams have completed a comprehensive survey of the scientific literature on pastureland conservation practices and are now compiling the results into databases. Initial drafts of the synthesis chapters have been completed and are undergoing review within the writing teams. A meeting of the writing team leaders was held in Houston, TX on October 5, 2008 and at Grand Rapids, MI on June 22 and 23 to report and discuss progress on the literature synthesis chapters. Progress was further monitored through several teleconferences were held among team leaders to coordinate literature searches, data comparisons, and writing tasks. A symposium on the synthesis project was held at the annual meetings of the American Forage and Grassland Council in Grand Rapids, MI on June 23. A second symposium is planned for the Crop Science Society of America annual meetings in Pittsburgh, PA November 5-9, 2009.