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Research Project: Examining Best Native Seed Restoration Practices in the Chihuahuan Ecoregion

Location: Range Management Research

Project Number: 3050-11210-009-44-A
Project Type: Cooperative Agreement

Start Date: Mar 8, 2019
End Date: Dec 31, 2021

Objective:
1) Place native collected seed into diverse mixes that are outside the standard application protocols. Through the utilization of novel and creative seed mixes we can test the applicability of different functional group interactions, and facilitation, for best seeding practices. 2) Examine different seed application patterns to again, better understand plant-plant interactions and ultimately facilitation through plant successional stages 3) In addition to biotic manipulations through seed mixes and application patterns, habitat modification efforts will be put in place to provide a more hospitable abiotic environment to improve germination and establishment and finally, 4) Collate research findings to develop improved management practices in dryland systems, particularly, those of New Mexico in the northern Chihuahuan desert.

Approach:
1. Identify and establish experimental sites that meet the necessary criteria for addressing the stated objectives. 2. Collect, collate, and analyze pertinent data to accurately assess research related outcomes. 3. Communicate findings with stakeholders, government, and non-government parties and the scientific community.