Notice of Intent: Impact of Forest restoration activities on soil compaction and soil biological communities

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Notice of Intent: Impact of Forest restoration activities on soil compaction and soil biological communities: Soil communities are commonly the most overlooked part of an ecosystem because they are cryptic and difficult to study. However, they are responsible for a disproportionate number of ecosystem functions, including carbon and nutrient cycling, soil fertility, soil stability and water retention. Understanding how these communities change based on land management activities is a first step in understanding how ecosystem function might change. The purpose of this project is to address the relationships among forest treatments (thinning and use of logging machinery) to impacts on soil abiotic parameters (soil compaction, bulk density, hydrology, organic matter and soil carbon and nitrogen) on important soil groups (nematodes, microarthropods, bacteria, and fungi). Each of these groups is responsible for different functions, and can provide different information on the health of the soil, and therefore the ecosystem. With the current task agreement, we propose to look at the effects of mechanical thinning on these parameters in two ways across four different forest types (ponderosa pine, xeric mixed conifer, mesic mixed conifer and aspen). In both experiments, we will measure soil bulk density, soil compaction, soil hydraulic conductivity, water infiltration rate, soil organic matter and total C and N. We will use a mix of traditional microscopy and molecular methods to quantify the abundance and diversity of bacteria, fungi, nematodes and microarthropods. In the first experiment, we will test the impact of running heavy logging equipment over a soil surface not at all, or one to ten times at 5 sites in each of the four forest types. Before the initial and each subsequent pass, we will measure soil bulk density, soil compaction and soil water infiltration using standard methods.
Federal Grant Title: Notice of Intent: Impact of Forest restoration activities on soil compaction and soil biological communities
Federal Agency Name: National Park Service
Grant Categories: Natural Resources
Type of Opportunity: Discretionary
Funding Opportunity Number: P16AS00232
Type of Funding: Cooperative Agreement
CFDA Numbers: 323888
CFDA Descriptions: Cooperative Research and Training Programs - Resources of the National Park System
Current Application Deadline: Jun 19, 2016
Original Application Deadline: Jun 19, 2016
Posted Date: Jun 10, 2016
Creation Date: Jun 10, 2016
Archive Date: Jun 21, 2016
Total Program Funding: $130,287
Maximum Federal Grant Award: $130,287
Minimum Federal Grant Award: $0
Expected Number of Awards: 1
Cost Sharing or Matching: No
Applicants Eligible for this Grant
Others (see text field entitled "Additional Information on Eligibility" for clarification)
Public and State controlled institutions of higher education
Additional Information on Eligibility
This action will result in a task agreement award under the National Park Service Colorado Plateau Cooperative Ecosystem Studies Unit (CESU). This is a notice of intent and a noncompetitive award in accordance with the Department of Interior 505 Departmental Manual 2.12C. Please see attached announcement for more information.
Grant Announcement Contact
Grants Management Officer Kelly Adams Kelly_Adams@nps.gov
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