Enhancing Climate Resiliency and Agriculture on American Indian Land
Reduced snowpack and rainfall, combined with urban and industrial expansion, is increasing demand for a dwindling supply of water for American Indian communities in the Great Basin Desert and arid lands of the American Southwest. University of Nevada, Reno (UNR), with support from a $1.5 million AFRI grant, is leading a team of researchers and extension professions who are working with tribal communities Nevada, Utah, Arizona, and New Mexico to develop and implement reservation-wide plans, policies, and practices to support sustainable agriculture and water management. The team created a 5-year work plan and characterized tribal agricultural production, traditional agricultural practices, and data related to land base and tribal water rights, income, employment, and demographics.
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