Mohave Desert Native Plants for Revegetation Symposium and Workshop

Mohave Desert Native Plant Materials Symposium
Tuesday, April 18, 2006

Mohave Desert Native Plant Materials Workshop
Wednesday, April 19, 2006

Suncoast Hotel and Casino
April 18-19, 2006
Las Vegas, NV

Organized by the United States Fish and Wildlife Service, Geological Survey, Bureau of Land Management, and Forest Service

Monday, April 17, 2006
3:30-6:00 p.m. Registration
6:00-8:00 p.m. Welcome Reception (cash bar)
   
Tuesday, April 18, 2006
7:30-8:15 a.m. Registration
 
Plenary Session
8:15-8:25 a.m. Welcome-Bob Williams, Field Supervisor, Nevada Fish and Wildlife Office
Shannon Raborn-Senator Harry Reid’s Office
Video Address - Senator Harry Reid, Nevada
8:25-8:45 a.m. Overview of Symposium and Workshop - Steve Caicco, Nevada Fish and Wildlife Office
8:45-9:15 a.m. National Native Plant Materials Program - Peggy Olwell, Bureau of Land Management, Washington. D.C. (Powerpoint PDF)
9:15-9:45 a.m. Break
   
Setting the Stage (Moderator-Fred Edwards, Southern Nevada Fish and Wildlife Office)
9:45-10:30 a.m. Threats to Mohave Desert Ecosystems and the Needs for Revegetation - Dr. Matt Brooks, U.S. Geological Survey, Henderson, Nevada (Powerpoint PDF)
10:30-11:00 a.m. Revegetation Methods in the Mohave Desert - Dr. Lesley DeFalco, U.S. Geological Survey, Las Vegas, Nevada (Powerpoint PDF)
11:00-11:30 a.m. Meeting the Needs for Native Plant Materials: Issues of Scale, Materials Selection, and Availability - Steve Caicco, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Reno, Nevada (Powerpoint PDF)
   
11:30-1:00 p.m. Lunch (on your own)
   
Afternoon Session A
The Great Basin Native Plant Development Model (Moderator, Ted Angle, Nevada State Office, Bureau of Land Management)
1:00-1:30 p.m. The Great Basin Restoration Initiative: Setting the Stage for Native Plant Development and Use - Mike Pellant, BLM, Boise, Idaho (Powerpoint PDF)
1:30-2:00 p.m. Great Basin Native Plant Selection and Increase Project - Dr. Nancy Shaw, U.S. Forest Service Rocky Mountain Research Station, Boise, Idaho (Powerpoint PDF)
2:00-2:30 p.m. Bureau of Land Management Native Seed Needs - Scott Lambert, National Seed Coordinator, Bureau of Land Management, Boise, Idaho (Powerpoint PDF)
   
2:30-3:00 p.m. Break
   
Afternoon Session B
Existing Efforts in the Mohave Desert (Moderator, Gayle Marrs-Smith, Las Vegas Field Office, Bureau of Land Management)
3:00-3:25 p.m. The Challenge of Collecting and Propagating Native Seed for the Mohave Desert - Ed Kleiner, Comstock Seed, Gardnerville, Nevada (Powerpoint PDF)
3:25-3:50 p.m. Mohave Desert Native Grass Studies - Dr. Ramona Garner, Natural Resources Conservation Service, Tucson Plant Materials Center, Arizona (Powerpoint PDF)
3:50-4:15 p.m. Ecological Restoration at the Springs Preserve - Dr. Von Winkel, Springs Preserve, Las Vegas, Nevada (Powerpoint PDF)
4:15-4:40 p.m. The Value of Test Plots and Site Assessments in Developing Reclamation Strategies - Dr. Kent Ostler, Bechtel Nevada, Nevada Test Site (Powerpoint PDF)
4:40-5:00 p.m. Instructions for Wednesday Workshop - Josh Hoines, National Park Service, Lake Mead Recreation Area

Wednesday, April 19 , 2006

Mohave Desert Native Plant Materials Workshop
(Facilitator: Josh Hoines, National Park Service)

Wednesday’s workshop will build on the knowledge and expertise shared by yesterday’s speakers. It features four sessions, each focused on a major aspect of an integrated native plant materials development program for the Mohave Desert. The sessions will be facilitated to encourage a collaborative process that ensures the interests of land managers, natural resource specialists, researchers, and the private sector are addressed. In the interest of time and efficiency, two concurrent breakout sessions are scheduled; this also allows individuals to participate more broadly by attending two sessions. After lunch, the outcomes of the individual breakout sessions will be reported to the entire group. The products of each session will be used to assess the needs for native plant materials for the Mohave Desert and to develop a strategy to meet these needs.

8:00-9:00 a.m. Session 1: Priority Native Plant Species
The goal of this session is to develop a preliminary list of priority grasses, forbs, and shrubs for potential development or, in the case of most shrubs, commercial collection. While each agency can be expected to have somewhat differing needs, the emphasis will be on identifying common needs among Mohave Desert land management agencies, as well as with adjacent ecoregions. These might include such species as widespread and/or dominant taxa, those for which some research is already in progress, and plants for specific uses such as those known to be important to desert tortoise dietary needs.

09:00-10:00 a.m. Session 2: Existing and Needed Facilities and Equipment
The purpose of this session is to compile a list of existing facilities that can contribute to an overall strategy to increase the supplies of native plant materials for the Mohave Desert, and to identify additional facilities that are needed. Facilities include research nurseries and greenhouses, common gardens, research sites, seed storage facilities, etc. Equipment needs are various but include such things as combines, harvesters, transport trailers, precision spray units, field wheel transplanters, weather stations, irrigation supplies and nursery materials. A cost estimate for these items will also be developed.

10:00-10:30 Break

10:30-11:30 a.m. Session 3: Native Plant Research and Development
This session will build on the general strategy outlined by symposium speakers, the list of priority native plant species developed during Breakout Session 1A and the list of existing facilities identified in Breakout Session 1B.. Two work products are expected. The first product will be a table showing the types of research that are needed for each of the priority species. The second work product will be a list of individuals with known or potential interested in conducting this research.

11:30-1:00 p.m. Lunch (on your own)

1:00-2:00 p.m. Session 4: Plant Materials Increase Strategies
This session will focus on the critical link between research and development of native plant materials and the increase of selected plant materials to the quantities needed by land management agencies. Several innovative technology transfer programs were described by yesterday’s speakers. The primary outcome expected from this session is an open exchange of information between land managers and current or potential growers (and/or collectors) of native seed or plants. The work product will be a list of growers and/or seed collectors with an interest in being involved in a long-term program to increase the availability of native plant materials.

2:00-2:30 p.m. Closeout


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