A networking resource devoted to biological soil crusts and the researchers who study them. We will provide a means for international scientists to communicate, share their research, share important news and announcements, ask questions and find collaborators. We will also provide a space for informal writing on research, opinion, and ideas (now seeking posters!).

Monday, September 24, 2012

Feb. 12-14, Las Vegas: BLM biocrust training course

Recently annouced to me by Roger Rosentreter. I believe he and Jayne Belnap are teaching:

Biological Soil Crust Ecology and Management (1730-41)

 Feb. 12-14, Springs Preserve, Las Vegas, NV 

 Early Registration Requested! 

This 2.5 day course describes biological soil crusts, how to identify and recognize the different types of soil crusts, what factors control the distribution of soil crusts and why they are ecologically important. Included are field exercises that will reinforce classroom discussion topics, such as identification, monitoring, ecological roles, and management techniques. The facility requires a 60-day notice of cancellation. If enrollment is too low by December 10, the course will be relocated, if possible, or cancelled.

Course Name: Biological Soil Crusts: Ecology and Management Status: Active Description: Describes the types of soil crusts and their importance in maintaining rangeland and soil health. * Identifying soil crusts * Importance of soil crusts. * Effects of management actions on soil crusts.

LENGTH: 2 1/2 days


Overall Course Objectives: To educate land management personnel and public land users about biological soil crusts and why biological soil crusts are an integral part of the ecosystem. As a result of attending this class and field exercises, the trainee will be able to: (1) Identify the major components of Biological soil crusts; (2) Distinguish biological soil crusts from physical or chemical soil crusts; (3) Determine what soil types and plant communities have high potential for biological soil crusts; (4) Identify the ecological and hydrological roles filled by biological soil crusts; (5) Assess impacts of different types and intensities of activities on biological soil crusts; (6) Develop management alternatives and guidelines that maintain ecological functions of biological soil crusts; and (7) Integrate biological soil crusts assessment into routine monitoring procedures.

Tuition: $200.00 tuition for non-BLM participants Target Audience: Ecologists, biologists, range specialists, and botanists. Prerequisite Courses: None Delivery Type: Instructor Led Course Code: BLM-TC-1730-41 Vendor: BLM National Training Center CEU: 0 Duration: 20 hours

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