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Current New Mexico stream flow data

Current New Mexico stream flow data - USGS

In recent years, people have interpreted scientific information about the black-tailed prairie dog (Cynomys ludovicianus) in various, and sometimes conflicting, ways. Political complexity around the relationship among black-tailed prairie dogs, agricultural interests, and wildlife has increased in recent years, particularly when prairie dogs occur on publicly owned lands leased to private entities for livestock grazing. Some have proposed that estimates of prairie dog (Cynomys spp.) numbers... Full description
Biological soil crusts (BSCs) are ubiquitous lichen–bryo- phyte microbial communities, which are critical structural and functional components of many ecosystems. How- ever, BSCs are rarely addressed in the restoration litera- ture. The purposes of this review were to examine the ecological roles BSCs play in succession models, the backbone of restoration theory, and to discuss the prac- tical aspects of rehabilitating BSCs to disturbed eco- systems. Most evidence indicates that BSCs facilitate... Full description
USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service Boise, Idaho Many riparian areas in the West need rehabilitation. Natural climatic events and abuses in the past have caused the destruction of vegetation and accelerated streambank and stream bottom erosion (Kauffman and Krueger 1984; Skovlin 1984; Platts 1981; Thomas and others 1979). Emphasis on water quality, aesthetics, wildlife, and fisheries has prompted interest in methods for revegetating eroding stream channels (Carlson 1992; Carlson et al.... Full description
A Joint Publication of the Quivira Coalition, Zeedyk Ecological Consulting, LLC, The Rio Puerco Management Committee – Watershed Initiative, and the New Mexico Environment Department – Surface Water Quality Bureau. “A road lies easily on the land if it is located on a landform where it can be readily and effectively drained (neither too steep nor too flat); is functional when used as intended (class of vehicle, season and suitable weather conditions); has appropriate drainage features (... Full description
A Joint Publication from Earth Works Institute, the Quivira Coalition, and Zeedyk Ecological Consulting. Third Edition. This document describes riparian restoration techniques, such as those used for several demonstration sites in the Galisteo watershed as part of the Galisteo Watershed Restoration Project—phase 2 (GWRP-II). This project is sponsored by the New Mexico Environment Department with financial support under Clean Water Act Section 319(h) administered by the U.S. Environmental... Full description
A Joint Publication from Earth Works Institute, the Quivira Coalition, and Zeedyk Ecological Consulting. This document describes erosion control techniques, such as those used for several demonstration sites in the Galisteo watershed as part of the Galisteo Watershed Restoration Project –phase 2 (2002-2005). This project was sponsored by the New Mexico Environment Department with financial support under Clean Water Act Section 319(h) administered by the US Environmental Protection Agency. The... Full description
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Obsolescence of environmental laws and regulations is unavoidable, and policies dealing with endangered species and ecosystem conservation often lag decades behind the relevant science. For example, endangered species laws and regulations and other conservation statutes typically fail to consider the interactions of strongly interacting species, probably because the importance of such interactions was not well understood when the laws were drafted. By failing to consider current knowledge,... Full description
Desertification is a global problem, costly to national economies and human societies. Restoration of biological soil crusts (BSCs) may have an important role to play in the reversal of desertification due to their ability to decrease erosion and enhance soil fertility. To determine if there is evidence that lower fertility may hinder BSC recolonization, we investigated the hypothesis that BSC abundance is driven by soil nutrient concentrations. At a regional scale (north and central Colorado... Full description
PDFs of the entire book can be found here: http://wasteofthewest.info/ Waste of the West is for people who care about nature. As much as an eye-opening educational tool, it is a call to action. Waste of the West is, and probably will remain, the most complete account of public lands ranching ever assembled. With easy-reading text and more than 1000 photos, drawings, cartoons, graphs, and charts on 602 (8.5" x 11") pages, Lynn Jacobs explores every facet of this obscure yet vitally important... Full description
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Cisterns are usually considered for their water supply benefit. This paper evaluates how effective cisterns are as flood control measures as well as water supply. It considers a problematic situation that is becoming common in the southwest – residential areas on small lots where over half the lot is impermeable. The study uses a simple mass- balance relationship with daily input of rainfall to the cistern and daily use of the water by two citrus trees. It uses the 105 years of daily rainfall... Full description
We studied the vegetation of 166 fens in Yellowstone National Park, USA, to determine the relationship between species distribution in mountain peatlands and regional-, landscape-, and local-scale environmental variables. Plant commun- ities were identified through hierarchical agglomerative cluster analysis, patterns in species distribution were explored using nonmetric multidimensional scaling, and the relative importance of variables was assessed though partial canonical corre- spondence... Full description

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