2011-2012 Funded Projects
Geospatial Technology Workshops
Project Leader: Michael De Lasaux UC Cooperative Extension Plumas-Sierra Counties
RREA funding allowed us to develop and present the first Geospatial Technology Education and Training workshop targeting resource professionals and land managers who conduct spatial analyses. Held at the UC Forestry Camp with 19 participants and the exit evaluation showed 100% indicated the workshop had increased their understanding of how to conduct spatial analyses with GIS.
Development of the Non-Crop Weed Management Handbook for Western United States
Project Leader: Joseph M. DiTomaso UC Davis Department of Plant Sciences
The book “Weed Control in Natural Areas in the Western United States”, the first book throughout the world that covers weed biology and impacts of non-chemical and chemical weed management options for 339 natural-area weed species on natural lands, was completed with the help of RREA funding. The highly anticipated book is sure to become a major resource in the development of weed management strategies for land managers and agencies throughout the West.
RDM (Residual Dry Matter) DVD
Project Leader: John M. Harper UC Cooperative Extension Mendocino County
This RREA funded project created a much-needed peer-reviewed educational film on a known field-tested method of monitoring residual dry matter (RDM) on rangelands. We created and published the film, Guidelines for monitoring rangeland residual dry matter (RDM), available for viewing on DVD and online here: RDM.
Preventing the Spread of Invasive Weeds via Aggregate through Education, Best Management Practices and Integrated Weed Management Plans for Gravel Suppliers
Movement and use of weed-infested gravel, sand and fill materials is a primary vector for the spread of invasive plants in the Sierra Nevada region. RREA funds were utilized for the development and presentation of invasive weed prevention workshops and over the year 170 people participated in the prevention workshops held throughout the region; the workshop highlighted prevention BMPs and weed-free aggregate inspection programs. We also developed, in collaboration with the National Park Service and the California Invasive Plant Council, Best Management (BMPs) guidelines; 1.) Preventing the Spread of Invasive Plants – Best Management Practices for Transportation and Utility Corridors, 2.) Weed Free Aggregates for Land Managers, 3.) Weed Free Aggregates for Quarry Managers.
Managing Microbial Water Quality on Rangeland Watersheds
Project Leader: Kenneth W. Tate UC Davis Department of Plant Sciences
With RREA support we developed an online information center within the California Rangeland Watershed Laboratory website, to widely extend valuable research knowledge about microbial water quality on California rangelands. Throughout the site there are links to pertinent original research preceded by a thorough overview of the topic and since the information center has been online we have seen a significant increase in visitors to our Rangeland Watershed Lab site.
Communication Training and Support to Improve Collaboration in Adaptive Management Efforts for Natural Resource Stakeholders
Project Leader: Kimberly Rodrigues ANR Hopland Research & Extension Center
With the assistance of RREA funds UC Cooperative Extension has developed training modules for all levels of natural resource management staff and stakeholders to increase the effectiveness and efficiency of the collaboration process; they also will be able to develop these skills in others for future involvement.