WEBINAR – Two Day Triple Threat Invasive Grasses Event: Cheatgrass, Medusahead, and Ventenata

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WHEN

Day One: Webinar Symposium (online or in person) | June 25, 2019 | 1:00pm to 4:45pm MT

Broadcast from Utah State University Campus: Natural Resources Building Room 105. Both in-person and online attendees are welcome. Light refreshments will be served.

Day Two: Field Trip | June 26, 2019 | 8:00am- 3:00pm MT

8:00: Meet and depart from NW portion of the parking lot of Bridgerland Technical College, 1390 North 700 West, Logan, Utah 84321. 3:00: Return to USU.

Tour will be led by Dr. Corey Ransom, Utah State University, visiting stops near Riverside, Peterson, and Mt. Sterling in the Cache Valley to view longer-term results of restoration treatments in cheatgrass, medusahead and ventenata invaded sites.  Lunch provided.

WHERE

Utah State University | Logan, Utah

HOSTS

Southern Rockies Fire Science Network, Utah State University

PRESENTERS

  • Tom Monaco, USDA-ARS Forest & Range Research Lab, Utah State University
  • Tim Prather, Department of Plant Sciences, University of Idaho
  • Corey Ransom, Associate Professor/Extension Weed Specialist, Utah State University
  • Shannon Clark, Postdoctoral Researcher, Colorado State University
  • Justin Hossfeld, Agricultural Management Specialist, Out West, LLC, Dayton, WY
REGISTRATION & CREDITS
  • Attend webinar symposium online (Day 1): Register here.
  • Attend webinar symposium in person (Day 1): Register here. 
  • Attend field trip (Day 2): Register here
  • Do you want to attend both online webinar and field trip? You must make your selections and register at the links above.
  • Continuing Education Credits for Society of American Foresters will be offered (CE’s for Society for Range Management and Society for Ecological Restoration are pending).

DESCRIPTION & BACKGROUND

Utah State University presents its Learn at Lunch Webinar Series:

Invasive annual grasses such as cheatgrass (Bromus tectorum), medusahead (Taeniatherum caput-medusae), and ventenata (Ventenata dubia) are devastating western natural areas and rangeland at a landscape scale. These grass invasions favor further invasions while eliminating desirable vegetation and wildlife habitat. Further impacts include:

  • A continuous bed of fine fuel associated with an increase in frequency and intensity of rangeland wildfire
  • Significant reduction or elimination of desirable perennial species
  • Reduced forage quality for wildlife and livestock
  • Increased risks for wildlife and pollinator species
  • Resulting wildfires that are a threat to humans, wildlife, property and infrastructure.

Speakers will address all of these points, including current management tools for the “triple threat”, highlighting recent research conducted in multiple western states.


 

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The Sage Grouse Initiative is a partnership-based, science-driven effort that uses voluntary incentives to proactively conserve America’s western rangelands, wildlife, and rural way of life. This initiative is part of Working Lands For Wildlife, which is led by USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service.

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