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:
Delays in the final editing process and from the publisher prevented the completed peer-reviewed survey of the scientific literature on pastureland conservation practices from being printed in FY2011 as planned. All material has gone to Allen Press for typesetting, and will be published by early FY2013. Several teleconferences were held among team leaders and with the academic leader to coordinate the final peer-review and publication process.