The Restoration Assessment and Monitoring Program of the Southwest (RAMPS) seeks to assist Department of the Interior and other land management agencies develop successful restoration strategies for the water-limited ecosystems, known as drylands, of the southwestern United States. Invasive species, fire, urban expansion, and other challenges have degraded southwestern drylands. In such arid conditions, restoration is difficult and costly. Managers are also hindered by the lack of information to help them develop effective strategies for reestablishing perennial vegetation and stabilizing soils. To meet these needs and improve the availability of new finding, RAMPS will become a hub for the information, science, and tools needed to help land managers successfully restore degraded drylands.
RAMPS is composed of scientists, managers, and practitioners with dryland restoration expertise from multiple U.S. Geological Survey Science Centers, Department of the Interior management agencies, and universities.