Restoration

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Idaho Forest Restoration Partnership Virtual Conference

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Idaho’s collaborative groups are committed to promoting forest restoration on federal lands. National elections and new Administrations may modify policy impacting public lands management. What is the potential impact on collaborative groups engaged in forest restoration? This regional event brings together leaders from the timber industry, local government, conservation organizations, community groups, and land management agencies from across Idaho. IFRP has structured this virtual conference to include informative presentations, panel discussions on current issues, and break-out sessions.

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Addressing 21st century conservation challenges to benefit our people, economy, and environment

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Today, American conservation confronts the climate crisis, the biodiversity crisis, a global pandemic, skeptics of these threats, a massive federal deficit, economic hardship, social injustice, and political divisions that threaten our democracy. Yet, at the same time, people continue to explore new ways to work together to use science, collaboration, and innovation to advance efforts to protect our environment, conserve our natural resource legacy, and broaden its benefits for all Americans.

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Great Basin-Focused Events from #SRM2021

We are hosting several workshops, symposia as part of the 2021 Society for Range Management annual meeting. **You do not need to be registered for the SRM meeting to attend.

Strategic Targeted Grazing to Reduce Fine Fuels (Feb 16, 1:30-4:00 PST/2:30-5:00 MST)

The Strategic Grazing symposium was held in conjunction with the Society for Range Management Virtual Meeting. It provides updates on the Idaho and Nevada strategic grazing demonstration areas. Symposium recording.

Sagebrush Ecosystem Recovery 10+ Yrs after Treatments (Feb 17, 1:30-3:30 PST/2:30-4:30 MST)
The Sagebrush Ecosystem symposium provides Sagebrush Steppe Treatment Evaluation Project (SageSTEP) updates. It was held in conjunction with the Society for Range Management Virtual Meeting. It shares what’s been learned after at least 10 years post-treatment. Symposium recording.

Big Sagebrush Restoration Status (Feb 18, 1:30-4:00 PST/2:30-5:00 MST)
The Big Sagebrush symposium was held in conjunction with the Society for Range Management Virtual Meeting. It was brought to you by the Rangeland Equipment and Technology Council (RTEC).  Symposium recording.

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Big sagebrush restoration status

Symposium agenda

The Big Sagebrush symposium will be held in conjunction with the Society for Range Management Virtual Meeting. It is brought to you by the Rangeland Equipment and Technology Council (RTEC).

**You do not need to be registered for the SRM meeting to join.

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RestorNet: Reveals controls on restoration seeding success across dryland ecosystems

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Description: Dryland ecosystems form the largest global biome and support one third of the global human population but are highly vulnerable to land degradation via disturbance and climate change. Despite widespread demand for dryland restoration and rehabilitation, little information is available to help land managers effectively reestablish native perennial vegetation across drylands. RestoreNet is a restoration field trial network that systematically tests appropriate revegetation techniques across environmental gradients. We tracked seedling density and height following the use of different seed mixes and treatments to increase soil moisture at seven RestoreNet sites across Arizona from summer 2018 – 2019. Across sites, seedling recruitment was consistently controlled by treatment and seed mix type. Pitting and mulch treatments increased total seedling density, with pits promoting the highest seeded species recruitment while limiting non-native species establishment. Seeding increased total seedling density regardless of seed mix type, but cooler-adapted seed mixes promoted greater seeded species density and resulted in lower density of unseeded (non-native) species relative to warmer-adapted mixes. Seedling recruitment was also controlled by the temporal and environmental context of restoration with the positive effect of high precipitation greatest in the weeks immediately following seeding. Above-average precipitation during the study period across most of the sites may partially explain why the highest seeded species recruitment occurred in pit treatments and seed mixes with cooler, wetter niche requirements. Results from RestoreNet will help to better understand variation in the success of seeding and other restoration treatments across space and time in drylands. Relationships between restoration practices and environmental conditions in our study suggest the importance of anticipatory restoration strategies that forecast seasonal and sub-seasonal weather conditions and select plant species with climate niche requirements appropriate to current and future climate conditions. This information is critical to land managers tasked with improving ecosystem conditions across degraded dryland regions.

Presenter: Caroline Havrilla is an ecologist and postdoctoral scholar at the US Geological Survey Southwest Biological Science Center studying dryland ecology, restoration, and adaptation to climate change.

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Linking research and management to improve native plant restoration in NV

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Description: Native plant diversity is the hallmark of a healthy ecosystem. In Nevada, our native plant communities are threatened by the accelerated invasion of non-native species, altered fire regimes, grazing, drought, and climate change. Slowing and reversing this largescale conversion requires coordinated efforts between researchers and land managers, working collaboratively to identify the most promising seed sources for restoring disturbed and invaded sites. The Nevada Native Seed Partnership is a group of state, federal, university, and nonprofit partners working together to increase the availability and use of native seed for rehabilitation, reclamation, and restoration activities in Nevada. This presentation will highlight some of the science and restoration efforts this partnership has accomplished to date to restore and preserve our most impacted native plant communities.

Presenter: Sarah Kulpa is the Restoration Ecologist/Botanist for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in Reno, Nevada. Her work focuses on Great Basin sagebrush ecosystem restoration and threatened and endangered plant species. Sarah leads the native seed collection, increase, and restoration activities of the Reno FWS including mentoring the first FWS Seeds of Success team and helping establish the Nevada Native Seed Partnership. She received her M.S. in Natural Resources and Environmental Science from the University of Nevada, Reno and her B.S. in Biology from St. Michael’s College.

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Seed enhancement technologies webinar series

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The webinar series will address the challenges and advances in restoration, with a particular focus on the role of seed enhancement technologies, across drylands of North America and Australia. We hope that this series will facilitate new collaborations and promote knowledge sharing for continued research and development in restoration.

Last webinar in the series:
5/6 | Building partnerships to solve complex restoration problems & general discussion

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Seed enhancement technologies webinar series

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The webinar series will address the challenges and advances in restoration, with a particular focus on the role of seed enhancement technologies, across drylands of North America and Australia. We hope that this series will facilitate new collaborations and promote knowledge sharing for continued research and development in restoration.

4/22 | Seed handling and deployment
5/6 | Building partnerships to solve complex restoration problems & general discussion

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Seed enhancement technologies webinar series

Webinar registration.

The webinar series will address the challenges and advances in restoration, with a particular focus on the role of seed enhancement technologies, across drylands of North America and Australia. We hope that this series will facilitate new collaborations and promote knowledge sharing for continued research and development in restoration.

4/8 | Seed technologies: Pellets, pods, pucks, and seed balls
4/22 | Seed handling and deployment
5/6 | Building partnerships to solve complex restoration problems & general discussion

The Nature Conservancy logo

Seed enhancement technologies webinar series

Webinar registration.

The webinar series will address the challenges and advances in restoration, with a particular focus on the role of seed enhancement technologies, across drylands of North America and Australia. We hope that this series will facilitate new collaborations and promote knowledge sharing for continued research and development in restoration.

3/25 | Seed technologies: coating and flash flaming
4/8 | Seed technologies: Pellets, pods, pucks, and seed balls
4/22 | Seed handling and deployment
5/6 | Building partnerships to solve complex restoration problems & general discussion

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