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Research Project: CEAP-Grazing Lands Wind Erosion, Economics & Modeling Project

Location: Range Management Research

Project Number: 3050-11210-009-03-I
Project Type: Interagency Reimbursable Agreement

Start Date: Aug 15, 2017
End Date: Aug 14, 2022

Objective:
Direction for linking conservation effects assessments to CEAP model runs and grouped ecological site data; wind erosion tool for NRCS use; completion of economics valuation of grazing land benefits derived from conservation practice application, and development of new protocols and uses for NRI data in assessment.

Approach:
1. Wind Erosion model: a) Continue research on integration of wind erosion modeling into the APEX model; and, b) Complete a Wind Erosion fact sheet for NRCS highlighting the social, health, and environmental costs of wind erosion, and the conservation treatments needed to improve air quality and reduce soil loss by wind. 2. Enter into personal services contract to conduct: a) Automation procedure for development of soil groups, plant functional groups, management operations, and ecological site groupings for use in APEX modeling; and, b) Coordinate with ARS and NRCS staff in Temple, TX (CEAP-GL) to provide input and review to the grazing land benefits economic evaluation. 3. Enter into personal services contract to complete an economic analysis report on value-added benefits of conservation implementation on grazing lands in the Central Great Plains.