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322 East Front Street
Boise, ID, 83702
United States

208-373-4344

Providing the knowledge and technology required to improve the availability of native plant materials for restoring diverse native plant communities across the Great Basin.

ARS Forest and Range Research Laboratory

The FRRL is composed of a multidisciplinary team that has developed critically important plant materials presently used on the western U.S. rangelands and pastures. The FRRL mission is to provide improved plant materials and management alternatives for sustainable stewardship of rangelands, pastures, and turf in the western U.S. The primary products of the FRRL are improved plant materials that include grasses, legumes, and forbs.

Shaun Bushman // Douglas Johnson // Thomas Monaco


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Shaun Bushman, Research Geneticist
USDA Agricultural Research Service
Forage & Range Research Lab
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Utah State University
Logan, UT 84322-6300
Burns, OR 97720

Phone: (435) 797-2901
Shaun.Bushman@ars.usda.gov

 

My research goals fit under the broad category of improved establishment and survival of rangeland, pasture, and turf plants.

GBNPP Research Project(s):

Characterizing Germplasm Relationships and Maximizing Seedling Establishment of Utah Trefoil (Lotus utahensis Ottley)
Shaun Bushman and Douglas Johnson

Morphological and Genetic Characterization of Blue Penstemon (Penstemon cyaneus
Mikel Stevens, Robert Johnson, Shaun Bushman, and Jason Stettler

Developing Protocols for Maximizing Establishment of Great Basin Legume Species

Associated Publications:

Bushman, B. S.; Johnson, D. A.; Connors, K. J.; Jones, T. A. Germination and seedling emergence of three western North American rangeland legumes. Under Review, Rangeland Ecology and Management.

Johnson, D. A.; Bushman, B. S. 2015. Developing protocols for maximizing establishment of Great Basin legume species. In: Kilkenny, Francis; Halford, Anne; Malcomb, Alexis. 2015. Great Basin Native Plant Project: 2014 Progress Report. Boise, ID: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Rocky Mountain Research Station: 74-76.

Johnson, D. A.; Bushman, B. S.; Jones, T. A.; Bhattarai, K. 2013. Using common gardens and AFLP analyses to identify metapopulations of indigenous plant materials for rangeland revegetation in western USA. In: Michalk, D. L.; Millar, G. D.; Badgery, W. B.; Broadfoot, K. M., eds. Revitalizing grasslands to sustain our communities. Orange, Australia: New South Wales Department of Primary Industry: 371-372.

Cane, J. H.; Johnson, C. D.; Napoles, J. R.; Johnson, D. A.; Hammon, R. 2013. Seed-feeding beetles (Bruchinae, Curculionidae, Brentidae) from legumes (Dalea ornata, Astragalus filipes) and other forbs needed for restoring rangelands of the Intermountain West. Western North American Naturalist 73: 477-484.


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Douglas Johnson, Plant Physiologist
USDA Agricultural Research Service
Forage & Range Research Lab
[Link]

Utah State University
Logan, UT 84322-6300
Burns, OR 97720

Phone: (435) 797-3067
Doug.Johnson@ars.usda.gov

Basic and applied research are conducted on the physiology and ecology of rangeland and pasture plants; the effects of environmental stress on seedling establishment, forage production, and persistence; forage legume nitrogen fixation; and plant germplasm collection. This research contributes to the development of improved cultivars and germplasms for conservation and animal production on semi-arid rangelands and pastures of the Western United States.

GBNPP Research Project(s):

Characterizing Germplasm Relationships and Maximizing Seedling Establishment of Utah Trefoil (Lotus utahensis Ottley)
Shaun Bushman and Douglas Johnson

Forb Islands: Possible Techniques to Improve Forb Seedling Establishment for Diversifying Sagebrush-Steppe Communities
Derek Tilley, Scott Jensen, Kris Hulvey, Erica David, Doug Johnson, Matt Madsen, Jim Cane, Tom Monaco, and Tom Jones

Developing Protocols for Maximizing Establishment of Great Basin Legume Species

Associated Publications:

Bushman, B. S.; Johnson, D. A.; Connors, K. J.; Jones, T. A. Germination and seedling emergence of three western North American rangeland legumes. Under Review, Rangeland Ecology and Management.

Johnson, D. A.; Bushman, B. S. 2015. Developing protocols for maximizing establishment of Great Basin legume species. In: Kilkenny, Francis; Halford, Anne; Malcomb, Alexis. 2015. Great Basin Native Plant Project: 2014 Progress Report. Boise, ID: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Rocky Mountain Research Station: 74-76.

Johnson, D. A.; Bushman, B. S.; Jones, T. A.; Bhattarai, K. 2013. Using common gardens and AFLP analyses to identify metapopulations of indigenous plant materials for rangeland revegetation in western USA. In: Michalk, D. L.; Millar, G. D.; Badgery, W. B.; Broadfoot, K. M., eds. Revitalizing grasslands to sustain our communities. Orange, Australia: New South Wales Department of Primary Industry: 371-372.

Cane, J. H.; Johnson, C. D.; Napoles, J. R.; Johnson, D. A.; Hammon, R. 2013. Seed-feeding beetles (Bruchinae, Curculionidae, Brentidae) from legumes (Dalea ornata, Astragalus filipes) and other forbs needed for restoring rangelands of the Intermountain West. Western North American Naturalist 73: 477-484.

Johnson, D.A.; Bushman, B.S.; Jones, T.A.; Bhattarai, K.  2012.  Identifying geographically based metapopulations for development of plant materials indigenous to rangeland ecosystems of the western USA. Progress in Botany. 74: 265-291.

Bhattarai, K.; Bushman, B. S.; Johnson, D. A.; Carman, J.G. 2011. Searls’ prairie clover (Dalea searlsiae) for rangeland revegetation: phenotypic and genetic evaluations. Crop Science .51(2): 716-727.

Johnson, D. A.; Bushman, B. S.; Bhattarai, K.; Connors, K. J. 2011. Notice of release of Majestic germplasm and Spectrum germplasm western prairie clover.  Native Plants Journal. 12(3): 249-256.

Johnson, D. A.; Bushman, B. S. 2011. Developing protocols for maximizing establishment of two Great Basin legume species. Great Basin Native Plant Selection and Increase Project FY2010 Progress Report. p. 55-56.


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Thomas Monaco, Research Ecologist
USDA Agricultural Research Service
Forage & Range Research Lab
[Link]

Utah State University
Logan, UT 84322-6300
Burns, OR 97720

Phone: (435) 797-7231
Tom.Monaco@ars.usda.gov

Invasive plants alter ecosystem properties and seriously compromise agricultural potential of the Great Basin.  The FRRL is conducting research to identify why invasive plants are spreading.  We are also developing new strategies to preserve agricultural productivity and ecosystem integrity.

GBNPP Research Project(s):

Comprehensive Assessment of Seeded Restoration Species: Factors Controlling Establishment and Persistence in Three Physiographic Regions
Kari Veblen, Eric Thacker, Jason Vernon, Danny Summers, Kevin Gunnell, Tom Monaco, and Joe Robbins

Forb Islands: Possible Techniques to Improve Forb Seedling Establishment for Diversifying Sagebrush-Steppe Communities
Derek Tilley, Scott Jensen, Kris Hulvey, Erica David, Doug Johnson, Matt Madsen, Jim Cane, Tom Monaco, and Tom Jones