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Outstanding in the Field - Episode 9 artwork. Scientist in the field studying biocrusts.
September 26, 2021

USGS Outstanding in the Field: Biocrusts (Ep. 9)

Welcome to another episode of Outstanding in the Field, the U.S. Geological Survey’s podcast series produced by the Ecosystems Mission Area. We highlight our fun and fascinating fieldwork studying ecosystems across the country. Today we’ll be discussing tiny communities that are found on the surface of the soil in the harsh environments of cold and hot deserts. These often

A table full of grasses in a greenhouse.
August 6, 2021

Greenhouse study comparing plant provenance for restoration

RestoreNet is partnering with the Gornish lab at the University of Arizona to better understand how a plant’s source location (provenance) influences its performance in a restoration setting. This greenhouse experiment will be conducted by PhD student, Sierra Lauman. Sierra will use locally collected and commercially purchased seeds of eight commonly used restoration

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A woman monitors plants alongside a transect or measuring tape placed on the ground.
July 31, 2021

Pre-construction monitoring of vegetation for the Gemini Solar Array

The United States is developing renewable energy resources, especially solar, at a rapid rate. Although renewable energy development is widely perceived by the public as “green technology,” construction, operation, maintenance, and eventual decommissioning of facilities all have known and potential negative impacts to natural resources, including plant communities and

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Bins of plants lines up outside a greenhouse
June 11, 2021

Greenhouse study comparing plant performance during drought.

Greenhouse study comparing plant performance during drought will help land managers choose plant species for restoring degraded lands. To find out more, follow the Restoration Assessment and Monitoring Program of the Southwest, housed at the Southwest Biolobigical Science Center. www.ugs.gov/sbsc/ramps

A woman stands in front of a table full of grasses in a greenhouse.
June 2, 2021

Drought experiments shed light on plant responses to climate change.

Greenhouse study comparing plant performance during drought will help land managers choose plant species for restoring degraded lands. To find out more, follow the Restoration Assessment and Monitoring Program of the Southwest, housed at the Southwest Biolobigical Science Center. www.ugs.gov/sbsc/ramps

A man captures insects using a net.
May 13, 2021

Powerlines & Pollinators

Connecting powerline rights-of-way vegetation management to improve pollinator habitat. A USGS RAMPS technician samples pollinating insects along the Salt River Project powerline that crosses through Apache-Sitgreaves and Tonto National Forests. This fall, baseline plots were established in areas that will be treated with mechanical and chemical vegetation management 

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A man monitors plants alongside a transect or measuring tape placed on the ground.
April 21, 2021

Pre-construction monitoring of vegetation for the Gemini Solar Array

The United States is developing renewable energy resources, especially solar, at a rapid rate. Although renewable energy development is widely perceived by the public as “green technology,” construction, operation, maintenance, and eventual decommissioning of facilities all have known and potential negative impacts to natural resources, including plant communities and

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March 15, 2021

B-Roll of Lees Ferry

A collection of video for use in products related to the USGS's streamgage at Lees Ferry. The USGS installed the Lees Ferry gauge 100 years ago, and the data collected since have become critical to monitoring water availability in the West.

Shot List:

  • 0:00 Title slide
  • 0:25 Lees Ferry streamgage wide shot and pan
  • 0:33 Lees Ferry
Fire scorched desert landscape.
November 26, 2020

Fires transforming Sonoran Desert

Restoring areas infested with invasive species that carry catastrophic fire is a top priority for the Restoration Assessment and Monitoring Program for the Southest (RAMPS) and our partners. In 2019 & 2020, fires carried by the invasive red brome (Bromus rubens) grass destroyed hundreds of thousands of acres of Sonoran Desert Scrub, resulting in some of the

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Outstanding in the Field - Episode 6 artwork
October 12, 2020

USGS Outstanding in the Field - Not Enough Beaches in Grand Canyon?

In this episode of Outstanding in the Field, we are talking about beaches in a place that most people probably would not think of—the Grand Canyon. USGS scientists at the Southwest Biological Science Center’s Grand Canyon Monitoring and Research Center in Flagstaff, Arizona are looking at how a dam and vegetation are making things difficult for the beaches in Grand Canyon

Two people kneel on the ground collecting soil samples in a golden grassland.
September 3, 2020

How does restoration affect soils?

How do restoration plantings alter ecosystem function? NAU PhD student Kathleen Balazs and technician Sarah Negovan measure soil water infiltration rates at a RestoreNet site near La Sal, Utah. These measurements will illustrate how restoration plantings effect certain ecosystem functions

A group of people sit in a meeting around a big circle of tables.
February 20, 2020

RestoreNet Partner Meeting

Land managers representing National Park Service, Bureau of Land Management, US Forest Service, Navajo Nation, private ranches and farms attend the first RestoreNet stakeholder meeting at the USGS Southwest Biological Science Center in February 2020.