Location: Range Management Research
Project Number: 3050-11210-009-100-I
Project Type: Interagency Reimbursable Agreement
Start Date: Jul 1, 2022
End Date: Jun 30, 2027
The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) National Operations Center (NOC) and the Agricultural Research Service (ARS) will work in cooperation to enhance access to landscape information to inform and support BLM and other assessment and monitoring processes within the context of land potential, and to develop data collection tools that are accessible to and usable by a broad range of BLM stakeholders and cooperators. Specifically this would be achieved through development of mobile and web applications designed to facilitate collaborative monitoring efforts through common data collection platforms, standardized methods, and streamlined data sharing between BLM and its partners and permittees, while also providing tools to increase efficiency and data quality of several BLM field data collection protocols. Data collected and shared through these apps would increase knowledge of land potential, current conditions and management responses to improve adaptive land management in Western U.S. rangeland environments.
The requirements for the mobile and web applications will be defined through a collaborative, participatory (co-production) process involving the Bureau of Land Management, ARS, and an ARS technology cooperator. All organizations will, as necessary and appropriate, also directly consult with future users of the applications. ARS scientists and technicians will then work together with the cooperator to initiate design and development of the technologies, and integration with new and existing ARS tools, including the Landscape Data Commons and EDIT, among others.