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The Center for Native Grasslands Management

Title: A regal story: Propagation techniques for grassland restoration
Year: 2010
Author(s): Eckenrode, J.
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Source Type: Proceedings
pages: 25-31
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Abstract: Fort Indiantown Gap (FIG) National Guard Training Center is located in southcentral Pennsylvania, 22 miles north of the state capital. Governor Gifford Pinchot authorized the creation of Fort Indiantown Gap (FIG) National Guard Training Center in 1931. Today, the 17,000-acre post is the second busiest National Guard training site in the US, supporting more than 800,000 military training days each year. FIG is home to the largest and highest-quality areas of native warm-season grasslands in the Mid‐Atlantic region. The 900+ acres of native grassland found on post provide breeding habitat to many grassland species on the Comprehensive Wildlife Conservation Strategy (CWCS) priority species list. Three plants listed as species of concern are also found in FIG grasslands: Vasey’s eupatorium (Eupatorium godfreyanum), striped gentian (Gentiana villosa), and yellow-fringed orchid (Platanthera ciliaris). One listed species, the regal fritillary butterfly, Speyeria idalia, is a high-responsibility immediate concern species. Many of the grassland restoration and management programs at FIG are designed to meet habitat requirements for the regal fritillary butterfly. In addition, as illustrated in the chart below, many other priority species reap the benefits from this ecosystem’s maintenance. FIG uses mowing, selective herbicide applications, manual tree and brush removal, and prescribed burning to slow native woody plant succession and non-native plant invasion.
Publisher: Proceedings of the Seventh Eastern Native Grass Symposium. Knoxville, TN, October 5-8, 2010
Editor(s): C. Harper