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.
News & Announcements
Ph.D. research assistantship is available for a graduate student studying wildlife responses to and production for native grass grazing systems. Click here for more information.
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 a Conservation Innovation Grant for 2012-2014! These funds will be used to examine the impact of fire and grazing on grassland songbird nesting in Tennessee and Kentucky.
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.
The Center's research on enhancing the sustainability of biofuel feedstock production systems in collaboration with the University of the Virgin Islands was awarded through the Sun Grant Initiative for 2011-2013.
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