Progress 07/01/05 to 06/30/08
OUTPUTS: The final product for the project, a 256 page, color book entitled, A Field Guide to Nevada Grasses, has been advertised via email circulation, through professional book reviews, and various professional meetings throughout the country and region. To date, approximately 1000 copies have been disseminated to natural resource professionals, land managers, and livestock producers in the Great Basin Region. PARTICIPANTS: Dr. Barry Perryman was the principle investigator responsible for concept development, organization, field photography, development of ecological keys, editing, and publishing the book. Dr. Perryman is a faculty member in the Dept. of Animal Biotechnology, University of Nevada-Reno. Dr. Quentin Skinner provided identification expertise and micro-photography for species delineation. Dr. Skinner is affiliated with the Dept. of Renewable Resources at the University of Wyoming, and in part sponsored by CREES, Northern Plains and Mountains Regional Water Program. Gary Brackley and Patti Novak-Echinique, both with the USDA-NRCS were instrumental in proofing the work. TARGET AUDIENCES: Target audiences included federal and state land management agency personnel, private environmental consultants, mined-land reclamation specialists, natural resource NGOs, livestock producers, conservation district personnel and any individual or organization involved in natural resource management where species delineation is important. PROJECT MODIFICATIONS: Not relevant to this project.
Significant outcomes include improvements in knowledge and skill of grass species identification in the Great Basin. To date, 25 Bureau of Land Management, 20 Natural Resource Conservation Service, and 12 USFS Ranger Districts have obtained copies of the book. Since no previous work was available as a field guide, the book has been enthusiastically received by government agency employees, livestock producers, consultants, libraries and any number of other interested parties. Use of the field guide has improved NEPA planning, wildlife biological opinions, habitat assessments, allotment planning, vegetation inventories, and compliance assessments. Benefits should continue to accrue as the book receives an even wider circulation.
- Perryman, B.L. and Quentin D. Skinner. 2007. A Field Guide to Nevada Grasses. Indigenous Rangeland Management Press, 610 6th Street Court, Lander, WY. 256p.
Progress 01/01/07 to 12/31/07
OUTPUTS: Final photographic plates were selected and edited during spring 2007. Concurrently, ecological keys were completed for each species and incorporated into the morphologic key text. The entire draft was edited by the first author on four different occasions and sent out for peer review. Upon incorporation of peer review edits, the draft was sent to the publisher and printer for review and printing. Books became available to stake holders in September 2007.
PARTICIPANTS: B.L. Perryman, principle author, project designer, editor, ecological key developer, field photography. Q.D. Skinner, second author, micro-photography, taxonomic key developer.
TARGET AUDIENCES: Bureau of Land Management National Training Center has included the book in their rangeland ecology training program.
Federal land management agency offices and personnel have acquired copies of the book (approximately 500 copies to date) in 6 states comprising the Great Basin. Reports indicate the book is being used is well received and will be used during the next field season. An independent book review has been authored and will be included in the February 2008 issue of Rangelands (a Society for Range Management publication).
- Perryman, B.L. and Q.D. Skinner. 2007. A Field Guide to Nevada Grasses. Indigenous Rangeland Management Press, Lander, WY. 256p. ISBN 0-940936-99-2.