Global Use Cases: United States

♦ New Mexico

At NMSU, the LandInfo module of the LandPKS mobile application is used to augment a more detailed vegetation monitoring program designed to investigate the ecological impacts of brush control on big sagebrush communities in northern New Mexico. On research sites, the assessment of land potential based on soil properties is providing useful insight into ecosystem response to herbicide applications designed to achieve management objectives linked to livestock production and other ecosystem services. By linking LandPKS evaluations to plant and soil biological community response, researchers hope to develop best management practices for future brush control treatments to produce the desired results while also minimizing degradation risk.

Written by: Jeremy Schallner (Graduate Student) & Amy Ganguli (Associate Professor of Range Science)Department of Animal and Range Sciences, New Mexico State University