Changes in plant community composition of prairies within the Souris River Basin National Wildlife Refuge Complex : Project Proposal

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Fee title lands within the Souris River Basin National Wildlife Refuge Complex (SRB) include the largest collective holding of U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) prairies remaining within the Prairie Pothole Region, including about 56,145 acres of native sod (i.e., areas without a previous cropping history). Invasive plants, particularly smooth brome, Kentucky bluegrass and weedy forbs (e.g., leafy spurge, Canada thistle, sweet clover) pose an imminent, widespread threat to biodiversity of these prairies. Restoration of prairies is an explicit goal within Comprehensive Conservation Plans (CCPs) for the SRB NWRs and J. Clark Salyer Wetland Management District (WMD). Additionally, conservation and restoration of native prairie is a 2012 Regional Resource Priority (RD’s Memo 11/2011); covers two of the National Priorities in the Strategic Plan for Inventories and Monitoring on National Wildlife Refuges: Adapting to Environmental Change (2010), including baseline inventory of biota (vegetation) and supporting adaptive management at refuge and landscape scales; and Plains and Prairie Potholes LCC priority number two, developing information that can assist in the conservation and restoration of landscapes capable of maintaining ecological services. Plant composition was inventoried for all prairie tracts within the SRB Complex during 2001‐2004. Based on these inventories, coupled with 20 years of applied research, prairie tracts were prioritized by the probability of successful restoration. High priority tracts have better floristic composition, are larger, and/or are adjacent to other USFWS prairies or private pastures. Restoration‐based objectives were then developed for high‐priority prairies (grouped by habitat type) within the complex. Restoration objectives are specific, measurable, and realistic (e.g., see Chapter 4, USFWS 2007). Following principals of adaptive management, high priority tracts require periodic assessment of progress in attaining stated objectives, and where necessary adjusting those objectives. Monitoring intervals of 5‐10 years were identified in CCPs (see Science Objectives, USFWS 2007). Herein we request support for completing the first comprehensive monitoring cycle for prairies within the SRB Complex. Results will be utilized to determine if and how prairie plant communities have changed since original inventories. Results have implication for nearly all NWR complexes in North Dakota, South Dakota, and Northeast Montana.

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Metadata Created Date July 8, 2019
Metadata Updated Date October 10, 2019
Publisher Fish and Wildlife Service
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Brent Frakes
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Data First Published 2012-01-01
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