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Down the RaBET Hole: The Journey to Develop the Rangeland Brush Estimation Toolbox with Chandra Holifield Collins
November 16, 2020 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
The USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) has allocated extensive resources to employ brush management (removal) as a conservation practice to control woody species encroachment on rangelands. The Conservation Effects Assessment Project for Grazing Lands (CEAP-GL) has been tasked with determining how effective the practice has been, however land managers lack a cost-effective means to conduct these assessments at the necessary scale.
Dr. Chandra Holifield Collins is a Soil Scientist with the USDA-Agricultural Research Service’s Southwest Watershed Research Center in Tucson, AZ. She received her Ph.D. in Soil Water and Environmental Science with a minor in remote sensing from the University of Arizona in 2006. Her research interests include image analysis and the use of remote sensing data for agricultural applications, with current focus on operational tools for rangeland management.