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 four pastureland conservation practices as part of a literature synthesis. The synthesis chapters are undergoing external peer review. Several teleconferences were held among team leaders and with the academic leader to coordinate literature searches, data comparisons, and writing tasks. A symposium on the synthesis project was held at the annual meetings of the Crop Science Society of America in Pittsburgh, PA November 5-9, 2009. The writing teams and academic leader met at the Crop Science conference to monitor progress, discuss the next steps in the literature synthesis project and plan for final publication. A symposium on the literature synthesis project was held on December 12, 2009 at the Fourth National Grazing Conference in Reno, NV. The academic leader updated the leadership and membership of the American Forage and Grassland Council on the progress and status of the literature synthesis at the annual meeting in Springfield, MO on June 23, 2010.