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1 February 2013 Rangeland CEAP
Ken Spaeth, Mark Weltz, David D. Briske, Leonard W. Jolley, Loretta J. Metz, Colleen Rossi
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  • The Conservation Effects Assessment Project (CEAP) is a multi-agency effort to quantify the environmental effects of conservation practices and programs and develop the science base for managing the agricultural landscape for environmental quality.

  • The rangeland CEAP review evaluated the scientific literature on seven core NRCS conservation practices: prescribed grazing, prescribed burning, brush management, range planting, riparian herbaceous cover, upland wildlife habitat management, and herbaceous weed control.

  • The scientific literature “broadly supports” the reviewed rangeland conservation practices standards; however, there is a disjunct in integrating science and field-based knowledge so that managers and conservationists can fully understand the individualistic dynamic aspects of rangeland conservation practices.

  • The CEAP synthesis establishes a precedent for partnerships among scientists, land managers, conservation specialists, and policymakers to provide NRCS with useful, current, science-based information for rangeland conservation practices.

Ken Spaeth, Mark Weltz, David D. Briske, Leonard W. Jolley, Loretta J. Metz, and Colleen Rossi "Rangeland CEAP," Rangelands 35(1), 2-10, (1 February 2013).
Published: 1 February 2013

Brush management
Conservation Effects Assessment Project
prescribed burning
prescribed grazing
range planting
riparian hernaceous cover
upland wildlife management
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