Source: UNIVERSITY OF NEVADA submitted to
A FIELD GUIDE TO NEVADA GRASSES
Sponsoring Institution
State Agricultural Experiment Station
Project Status
TERMINATED
Funding Source
Reporting Frequency
Annual
Accession No.
0205349
Grant No.
(N/A)
Project No.
NEV053BP
Proposal No.
(N/A)
Multistate No.
(N/A)
Program Code
(N/A)
Project Start Date
Jul 1, 2005
Project End Date
Jun 30, 2008
Grant Year
(N/A)
Project Director
Perryman, B.
Recipient Organization
UNIVERSITY OF NEVADA
(N/A)
RENO,NV 89557
Performing Department
Ag Nutrition and Vet Sciences
Non Technical Summary
The land base in the State of Nevada is comprised primarily of rangelands. Much of the economy, most of the land use and government activities, and recreational opportunities occur on rangelands. Given the myriad of activities, planning, management, and public policy activities based on rangelands, it is difficult to conceive that a taxonomic resource dedicated specifically to the grasses found within the boundary of the State of Nevada is not available to the various publics, stakeholders, and constituents that live, work, and recreate there. Large taxonomic works including all vascular plants have been developed for the Intermountain West and for California. They are very technical, expensive, large, cumbersome and often out of print. A significant amount of rangeland planning, management, and policy development is based on responses of key grass species or groups of grass species to various management scenarios. It is imperative that stakeholders involved in these types of activities have a taxonomic guide to assist them in grass species identification. More specifically, they are in need of a photographic reference that also contains vegetative keys for identification that can be used in the field, under field conditions. The project will develope a basic, and currently missing management tool that will assist in providing the science-based knowledge and skills required to manage healthy and productive rangelands, provide abundant renewable natural resources, and support the economic and value based sustainability of our rural communities.
Animal Health Component
(N/A)
Research Effort Categories
Basic
(N/A)
Applied
(N/A)
Developmental
100%
Classification

Knowledge Area (KA)Subject of Investigation (SOI)Field of Science (FOS)Percent
12107901070100%
Knowledge Area
121 - Management of Range Resources;

Subject Of Investigation
0790 - Rangelands, other;

Field Of Science
1070 - Ecology;
Goals / Objectives
Develope a photographic and morphologically based field identification tool for grasses that occur within the borders of Nevada.
Project Methods
Species list will be determined from USDA Natural Resource Conservation Service MLRA Technical Guides. Field samples will be collected from appropriate areas in Nevada for close up photography work of delineating characteristics. Field photographs of each species in its specific ecological habitat will also be included. We anticipate inclusion of 120 species. We will also develop a taxonimic and ecological key as a companion to the photograph.

Progress 07/01/05 to 06/30/08

Outputs
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.

Impacts
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.

Publications

  • 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
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.

Impacts
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).

Publications

  • 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.


Progress 01/01/06 to 12/31/06

Outputs
Field photos and microscopy photos were completed for 118 different grass species. There are 85 species plates that have been labeled. At this time, taxonomic keys for 97 species, and ecological keys for 75 species have been completed. We anticipate completion to be on time and a book submitted for publication in summer 2007.

Impacts
This field guide will provide assistance for state and federal management agency personell that need to identify grasses in the field. We also expect non-agency individuals to find utility in this publication.

Publications

  • No publications reported this period


Progress 01/01/05 to 12/31/05

Outputs
Eighty five grass species were collected during 2005. Field photography is complete on them as well. Close-up photography has been completed on 62 of the species. Vegetative keys are complete for 45 species and ecological keys for 20 are complete. We anticipate collecting 25-30 more species during 2006.

Impacts
This field guide will provide assistance for state and federal management agency personell that need to identify grasses in the field. We also expect non-agency individuals to find utility in this publication.

Publications

  • No publications reported this period