The Center for Native Grasslands Management (CNGM) was opened in 2006 by the University of Tennessee to provide the scientific background needed by producers and land managers to enable them to effectively establish and manage native grasslands. High priorities for research include forage production; biofuels production (and strategies for integrating them both); restoration of native grassland communities, particularly oak savannahs and woodlands; and wildlife conservation.
No information is valuable unless it is shared. The Centerís second major focus is to make information gained through research widely available throughout the eastern United States. We are working through Extension and partner organizations to share these results with producers, land management agencies, other researchers, and wildlife conservation organizations through publications, workshops, trainings, and field days.
Please explore this website and feel free to contact us should you want to learn more.
Ph.D. research assistantship available for graduate student studying native grass forage production. Project will involve field work for three summers (2016-2018) at three Tennessee locations (East Tennessee, Highland Rim, and Middle Tennessee Research and Education Centers). Work will involve experiments focused on use of a summer nurse crop to improve reliability/profitability of establishment of switchgrass and big bluestem and on exploring basic nutrient management guidelines in grazing and hay production scenarios. Click HERE for more information.
CNGM has been highlighted as a top UT community-campus partnership as part of the university's successful Carnegie Community Engagement Classification application process. Click HERE for more information!
News & Announcements
New publications have been added! Check out our Publications page...
Guidebook for the Sustainable Production Practices of Switchgrass in the Southeastern U.S. is now available as a PDF file. This switchgrass production guidebook is designed to be a practical reference guide for stakeholders involved in the supply chain of utilizing herbaceous energy crops for advanced bioenergy production. The booklet is a guide for the establishment, sustainable management, and harvest of switchgrass utilized as a purpose grown energy crop for advanced bioenergy production.
CNGM has been awarded an Agriculture and Food Research Initiative grant for 2012-2016 to examine the sustainability of switchgrass biofuel production for grassland birds and pollinators in the eastern United States.
Looking for seed vendors? A list of seed vendors is available here!
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Contact This Department
Dr. Patrick Keyser
The Center for Native Grasslands Management
Forestry, Wildlife and Fisheries
2431 Joe Johnson Drive, Rm 274
Knoxville, TN 37996
Phone: (865) 974-7346
Fax: (865) 974-4714