Submitted to: Society for Range Management Meeting Proceedings
Publication Type: Abstract Only
Publication Acceptance Date: 11/1/2018
Publication Date: 2/11/2019
Citation: Brown, D.P., Foley-Birrenkott, M., Eve, M.D. 2019. Responding to climate impacts on rangeland systems: a collaborative partnership between the USDA Agricultural Research Service, USDA Climate Hubs, and Society for Range Management [abstract]. Society for Range Management Meeting Proceedings. Available at: http://rangelands.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/02/SRM-19-Program-printed.pdf.
Interpretive Summary: Abstract only
Technical Abstract: Research conducted by the USDA Agricultural Research Service (ARS) provides value both to the scientific community as well as to rangeland managers. The Society for Range Management (SRM), as one of the beneficiaries of ARS research investments and outcomes, is in an ideal position to synthesize, cultivate, and broaden the impact of ARS science for a broad and diverse rangeland management community. To facilitate this partnership, a pilot project was initiated in 2018 that linked SRM with the USDA Climate Hubs program, which delivers climate-smart, science-based services for regional audiences and which is jointly administered by ARS and the U.S. Forest Service. The partnership entailed a series of collaborations between SRM and individual Climate Hubs to develop and deliver information and communications materials related to region-specific rangeland management challenges under a varying and changing climate. One such collaborative activity, a response to the devastating Southern Plains wildfires of 2016-2018, serves as a useful case study both of the merits of this new ARS-Climate Hubs-SRM partnership as well as a worked example of how the links between science and management communities can be strengthened.