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Protecting Prairie Pollinators: Study recommends insect conservation in the Great Plains

FS News Posted on: October 30, 2020
***This press release was first issued by our partners at Institute for Applied Ecology.

Managing invasive plants on Great Plains grasslands: A discussion of current challenges

Publications Posted on: October 02, 2020
The Great Plains of North America encompass approximately 1,30 0,0 0 0 km 2 of land from Texas to Saskatchewan. The integrity of these lands is under continual assault by long-established and newly- arrived invasive plant species, which can threaten native species and diminish land values and ecological goods and services by degrading desired grassland resources.

Pollinators of the Great Plains: Disturbances, stressors, management, and research needs

Publications Posted on: September 28, 2020
Recent global declines of pollinator populations have highlighted the importance of pollinators, which are undervalued despite essential contributions to ecosystem services. To identify critical knowledge gaps about pollinators, we describe the state of knowledge about responses of pollinators and their foraging and nesting resources to historical natural disturbances and new stressors in Great Plains grasslands and riparian ecosystems.

Energy development in the Great Plains

Science Spotlights Posted on: August 24, 2020
Major U.S. energy sources – fossil fuels (coal, oil, natural gas), biofuels (ethanol), and wind – are concentrated in grassland ecosystems of the Great Plains. This research synthesized potential ecological effects and mitigation opportunities during renewable and non-renewable energy development in the Great Plains.  

Energy development in the Great Plains: Implications and mitigation opportunities

Publications Posted on: July 22, 2020
Energy is an integral part of society. The major US energy sources of fossil fuels (coal, oil, natural gas); biofuels (ethanol); and wind are concentrated in grassland ecosystems of the Great Plains. As energy demand continues to increase, mounting pressures will be placed on North American grassland systems. In this review, we present the ecological effects of energy development and production on grassland systems.

Aquatic and wetland vascular plants of the northern Great Plains

Publications Posted on: June 22, 2020
A taxonomic treatment of aquatic and wetland vascular plants has been developed as a tool for identifying over 500 plant species inhabiting wetlands of the northern Great Plains region. The treatment provides dichotomous keys and botanical descriptions to facilitate identification of all included taxa. Illustrations are also provided for selected species.

A collaborative approach to research and management for Great Plains grasslands

Science Spotlights Posted on: May 28, 2020
RMRS and partners convened over 200 Great Plains managers, scientists, and stakeholders to identify stressors and resource demands throughout Great Plains grasslands and how to manage them, highlight knowledge gaps and opportunities for co-produced research, and discuss methods for improved collaboration.

Grassland, forest and riparian ecosystems on mixed-ownership federal lands adjacent to the Crow Indian Reservation: Developing a protective shield for sustainability of the environment and culture from the impacts of climate-related disturbance

Publications Posted on: April 21, 2020
Between 2016 and 2018, the USDA Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Research Station’s Aldo Leopold Wilderness Research Institute hosted a team of scholars to reflect on how Federal agencies can best prescribe restoration for conditions associated with climate change-induced disturbance to protect sustainability in mixed-ownership lands, with a focus on the Upper Missouri River Basin.

Management opportunities and research priorities for Great Plains grasslands

Publications Posted on: September 26, 2019
The Great Plains Grassland Summit: Challenges and Opportunities from North to South was held April 10-11, 2018 in Denver, Colorado to provide syntheses of information about key grassland topics of interest in the Great Plains; networking and learning channels for managers, researchers, and stakeholders; and working sessions for sharing ideas about challenges and future research and management opportunities.

Biological Effects of Oil and Gas Development in the Bakken Oil Region

Science Spotlights Posted on: August 09, 2019
Little Missouri National Grassland occurs within one of the major oil and shale plays in North America. Increased oil and gas extraction since 2000 has greatly affected the region. This review investigates the effects of oil and gas development on the grassland and provides specific information on the habitat needs and potential threats for three threatened species or species of concern- the Dakota skipper, Sprague’s Pipit, and the Northern Long-Eared Bat.