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
Preparation and peer review of the comprehensive survey of the scientific literature on four pastureland conservation practices have been completed. The resulting volume has been sent to Allen Press for publication, and should be complete before the end of FY2011. Several teleconferences were held among team leaders and with the academic leader to coordinate literature searches, data comparisons, and writing tasks. 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 French Lick, IN, June 12-15, 2011. A symposium on the pasture component of Grazingland CEAP was held at the Soil and Water Conservation Society meetings in Washington, D.C., July 17-20, 2011. The executive summary was printed separately, and distributed at these meetings. Progress was monitored through email and conference calls.