Interagency Working Group for Grazinglands
The federal government's Interagency Working Group for Grazinglands (IWGG) was established to improve cooperation and efficiency, identify potential resource leveraging opportunities, identify resources for multidisciplinary teams, suggest long-term management and research efforts at appropriate scales, and continue to promote standardization of monitoring and assessment practices.
National program leaders from at least four cabinet-level departments (Agriculture, Defense, Interior, and the Environmental Protection Agency) meet monthly. IWGG is chaired by Jim Dobrowolski, NIFA national program leader for rangeland and grassland ecosystems. Founding members include Evert Byington, national program leader for rangeland, pastures, and forage with the USDA Agricultural Research Service; Ralph Crawford, national program leader for rangeland ecology research with the USDA Forest Service Research and Development Forest Management Sciences; Janette Kaiser, rangeland management director with the USDA Forest Service National Forest System; Doug Powell, national rangeland scientist with the Interior Department Bureau of Land Management; and Dennis Thompson, national range and grazing land ecologist with the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service.
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