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Bridger Plant Materials Center Long Range Plan

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Bridger Plant Materials Center Long Range Plan Summary (2012; PDF; 32 KB)

Cropland
Needs Actions Status Priority
Saline/Sodic species

 

Assemble and evaluate salt tolerant herbaceous perennials Ongoing High
Increase seed of selected species Ongoing  
Evaluate mixture compatibility Ongoing  
Assemble and evaluate salt tolerances of woody species New  
Develop methods of establishment Ongoing  
Windbreaks Select adapted trees & shrubs to increase species diversity Ongoing  
Develop and test techniques to improve plant survival Ongoing High
Assemble and evaluate low elevation Douglas fir New  
Soil Health Investigate/demonstrate cover crops/crop rotation at Plant Materials Center New High

Pasture and Hayland
Needs Actions Status Priority
Saline/Sodic species Screen additional species for saline/sodic tolerance Ongoing High
Develop and test minimum till techniques of establishment Ongoing  
Invasive species competition Partner to evaluate forages for biological weed control New  
Test techniques of establishment New  
Season-long forage and quality Evaluate warm season species and mixtures Ongoing  
Evaluate forb & grass establishment & mixture compatibility Ongoing  
Evaluate shrub species that retain high winter protein New  
Stand Establishment Test reduced-till/alternate row/cross-seeding establishment techniques New High

Rangeland
Needs Actions Status Priority
Restore native habitats Assemble and evaluate native grasses, forbs and shrubs with emphasize forbs Ongoing High
Assemble and evaluate salinity tolerances of native plants Ongoing  
Stand Establishment Test no-till establishment techniques New High
Invasive species competition Partner to evaluate native plants for biological weed control New  
Test techniques of establishment New  
Culturally significant species Cooperate with tribes on identification and propagation Ongoing  
Evaluate propagation and establishment techniques Ongoing  
Threatened & endangered Evaluate PM for sage grouse habitat Ongoing  

Disturbed Lands
Needs Actions Status Priority
Increase cover and diversity Evaluate native grass, forb, shrub and tree species Ongoing High
Evaluate species and techniques for revegetation after natural resource extraction/energy development Ongoing High
Develop establishment  and management techniques Ongoing High

Woodlands
Needs Actions Status Priority
Control erosion and noxious weeds Identify and test adapted species to control erosion and out- compete weed infestations Ongoing  
Develop and test techniques for successful establishment Ongoing  

Riparian/Wetlands
Needs Actions Status Priority
Species for stabilization (priority = high)
Identify and select species for riparian stabilization Ongoing  
Identify and select species for shoreline stabilization New  
Water pollution abatement: air quality/waste management Partner to identify & select species to utilize, fix, and filter contaminates New  
Identify and select saline/sodic tolerant shrubs and trees New High
Regeneration of cottonwoods Evaluate methods of cottonwood regeneration Ongoing High
Invasive species competition Partner to evaluate Russian Olive control and revegetation techniques and invasive species biological controls New High
Evaluate techniques of establishment New  

Wildlife
Needs Actions Status Priority
Food, cover and water Test/evaluate techniques for pollinator enhancement Ongoing High
Species, habitat, establishment and management techniques Ongoing High

Other Lands (priority = high)
Needs Actions Status Priority
Backyard conservation Assemble and select low maintenance grass, forbs and shrubs Ongoing  
Promote and demonstrate Ongoing  
Energy conservation Investigate bio-fuel/biomass energy alternatives, energy conservation practices in agriculture New High
Continue Xeriscape demonstration plots Ongoing  
Develop rain water conservation gardens New  

Technology Transfer
Needs Actions Status Priority
Technology transfer Provide Plant Materials and topic-specific training to Field Offices and Conservation Districts Ongoing High
Emphasize technology delivery related to current issues Ongoing High