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Monitoring and Evaluation for Conserving Biological Resources

Project Title

Monitoring and Evaluation for Conserving Biological Resources of the Spring Mountains National Recreation Area

Abstract

Search for the Charleston Ant
Burton Pendleton and 2 volunteers search for the Charleston Ant (Lasius nevadnesis), a Conservation Agreement listed species, during the 2010 Charleston Ant Safari.

The Spring Mountains National Recreation Area (SMNRA) includes approximately 316,000 acres of National Forest System lands managed by the Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest in Clark and Nye Counties, Nevada. The Spring Mountains’ ecosystem has long been recognized as an island of endemism, harboring flora and fauna found nowhere else in the world. Since the SMNRA’s establishment, efforts to conduct inventory and monitoring have contributed to a greater understanding of the species’ habitats and status. However, several problems persist in the approach to monitoring and evaluation which led to the development of a comprehensive strategy for inventory and monitoring within the SMNRA. In 1998, a Conservation Agreement (CA) (USFS, 1998) was developed between the Forest Service, US Fish and Wildlife Service and State of Nevada, Department of Conservation and Natural Resources affirming the parties’ commitment to providing long-term protection for the rare and sensitive flora and fauna of the SMNRA. The Comprehensive Inventory and Monitoring Strategy for Conserving Biological Resources of the Spring Mountains National Recreation Area, 2008, was developed to establish a comprehensive inventory and monitoring program to provide a basis for protecting and conserving resident biological resources.

Selected Publications

GSD Principal Investigators

Pendleton, Burton    Research Plant Ecologist    505-724-3674

Cooperators and Sponsors

Joy Berg, METI, Inc., El Paso, TX
Marc Coles-Richie, METI, Inc., El Paso, TX
Jerri Ledbetter, METI, Inc., El Paso, TX
Kevin S. McKelvey, Rocky Mountain Research Station, Missoula, MT
Jim Menlove, Rocky Mountain Research Station, Ogden, UT
Rosemary Pendleton, Rocky Mountain Research Station, Albuquerque, NM
Stephen Solem, METI, Inc., El Paso, TX

Spring Mountains National Recreation Area, Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest, Las Vegas, NV

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Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest