The 2019 Malpai Borderlands Group Science Conference, will be held Tuesday, January 8, 2019, at the Geronimo Event Center just north of Rodeo, New Mexico.  We have an excellent group of speakers this year and a full agenda with something for everyone.  Lunch will be available for purchase at the Event Center, as well as at several local venues (the Rodeo Tavern, Rodeo Grocery and the Portal Store).   The Event Center is located on NM Hwy 80 about two miles north of the town of Rodeo.  It is a 50-minute drive from Douglas, Arizona, and about the same from Lordsburg, New Mexico.  A conference schedule and a list of lodging for the Portal/Rodeo area is in this e-mail and attached for those that would prefer to stay closer.   Please mark your calendars and plan to join us on January 8th!


2019 Science Conference

Malpai Borderlands Group

January 8, 2019

Geronimo Event Center, Rodeo, New Mexico


9:00 AM         Welcome and Introductions:  Rich Winkler, Executive Director, Malpai Borderlands Group

9:15 AM         Keynote: Building Management-Science Partnerships: The Collaborative Adaptive Rangeland Management (CARM) Project  USDA.  Dr. Hailey Wilmer, Northern Plains Climate Hub Fellow, ARS Rangeland Resources and Systems Research Unit Fort Collins, CO.

10:15 AM       Shrub Encroachment, Landscape Restoration, and Wildlife Responses in the Chihuahuan Desert.  Dr. Bob Schooley Associate Professor, University of Illinois, Co-PI, Jornada Basin LTER Program

11:30 AM       Researchers and Ranchers Collaborating to Inform Rangeland Management and Conservation in California.  Dr. Sheila Barry, Livestock and Natural Resources Advisor, University of California Cooperative Extension, San Francisco Bay Area  

12:15 PM       Lunch Break

1:45 PM         Restore NM:  How We Got Here, What We Are Learning, and Where Do We Go From Here?  Lane Hauser, Restore/Range Improvement Coordinator and Leticia Lister, Supervisory Rangeland Management Specialist, BLM Las Cruces District Office

2:30 PM         Chemical Brush Management in the Malpai Borderlands. Gerry Gonzales, Brush Management Coordinator, Nutrien Ag Solutions

3:15 PM         Relationships Between Grass and Mesquite Cover Based on Long- term Data: Implications for Restoration Opportunities. Dr. Elise Gornish?Cooperative Extension Specialist?University of Arizona

4:00 PM         Wrap Up.  Dr. Nathan Sayre, University of California, Berkeley

4:30 PM        Adjourn


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