Mapping Innovations Developed for Rangeland Management
Washington--USDA’s Agricultural Research Service has developed a new tool to assist in the decision-making processes surrounding rangeland restoration.
Researchers used ecological data to map environmental factors that affect landscape restoration efforts to create “ecological state” maps. More than 6 million acres in southwestern New Mexico were used during the study due to the areas problem with native shrubs invading perennial grass and erosion degrading soils throughout the region.
Completed maps outlined ecological state areas sized from a few acres to 10,000 acres and are being used for communication and planning by the Bureau of Land Management.