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The Center for Native Grasslands Management

Title: Long Island Native Grass Initiative
Year: 2010
Author(s): Weigand, P.
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Source Type: Proceedings
pages: 96
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Abstract: The Long Island Native Grass Initiative (LINGI), is a volunteer effort of non‐profit organizations, governmental agencies, and nursery professionals whose mission is to provide sources of native plant materials for commercial native plant propagation and thereby protect the genetic integrity of Long Islandís native plants. LINGIís founding goal is the creation of a commercial source of Long Island‐ecotype seed of Andropogon gerardii, Panicum virgatum, Schizachyrium scoparium, and Sorghastrum nutans. LINGI defined ecotypic boundaries, established collection protocol, identified collection sites, and conducted seed collection, cleaning, and banking to facilitate seed collection from wild stands. Standard bulk seed production techniques are applied to increase seed quantities for commercial production through founder plots. A partnership with Ernst Conservation Seed ensured the commercial increase of the founder seed to a saleable product. In 2011, the founding goal of LINGI will be recognized, as source‐identified, certified, Long Island ecotypes of A. gerardii, S. nutans, S. scoparium, and P. virgatum become commercially available through Ernst Conservation Seed. Collection activities have expanded from grasses to forbs, shrubs, and trees to meet public demand and expand future commercial seed production activities. A plant sale is held annually to provide immediate sources of all plant materials, especially trees and shrubs, and to support LINGIís activities.
Publisher: Proceedings of the Seventh Eastern Native Grass Symposium. Knoxville, TN, October 5-8, 2010
Editor(s): C. Harper