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Location: Pasture Systems & Watershed Management Research

Project Number: 8070-21000-008-03-S
Project Type: Non-Assistance Cooperative Agreement

Start Date: Dec 13, 2010
End Date: Sep 30, 2014

Develop a decision support tool to incorporate environmental and conservation effects into forage species placement in the landscape.

The choice of where to use annual vs. perennial species in the landscape, and which species to use, depends on species characteristics, soil and climatic conditions, and production and conservation goals. Tools currently exist to inform placement of species based on the effects of species and site characteristics on forage production. However, expansion of these tools is needed to incorporate conservation goals into species placement recommendations. Under this objective, existing multi-species models will be identified and reviewed to determine their suitability for use in conservation planning for northeastern USA pastures. Existing forage production and conservation effects data sets will be collected and used to identify gaps in the existing tools, and research strategies for filling those gaps will be identified. This research will lay a sound foundation for development of a robust and defensible decision support tool that incorporates conservation goals into species placement.