My name is Lauren Svejcar and I am a graduate student at New Mexico State University in the department of Plant and Environmental Sciences under the direction of Brandon Bestelmeyer (USDA-ARS, Jornada Experimental Range) and Curtis Monger (NMSU-Soil Sciences). My current residence is in La Pampa, Argentina working on an international collaboration project on State-and-Transition Modeling and Ecological Site Description of the Caldenal Ecoregion. Coordination of the project has involved professionals from NMSU, USDA-ARS Jornada Experimental Range, Universidad Nacional de La Pampa, and Instituto Nacional de Tecnología Agropecuaria (INTA) and has had financial support from Aggies Go Global.
Our goal is to develop a spatial perspective of the Caldenal forest through field sampling, modeling and statistical analysis and create a base for management planning and strategies implemented at the landowner and gubernatorial levels of the La Pampa province. The Caldenal region has recently received attention from the Argentine government as an area to be protected, and is incorporated in a national movement to re-mediate the deforestation that occurred between 1998 and 2006 and promote healthy management of native forest systems.
More information on the Argentine National Forest Law (Ley Nacional del Bosques) can be found at: http://www.bosquepampeano.org