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The Center for Native Grasslands Management

Title: The Eunice Cajun Prairie restoration project
Year: 2002
Author(s): Allen, C. M., Vidrine, M. F.
Source Title: Proceedings of the Third Eastern Native Grass Symposium
Source Type: Proceedings
pages: 117-119
Original Publication:  
Abstract: The Cajun Prairie once covered 2.5 million acres in southwest Louisiana but has been reduced by agricultural practices (tillage) to less than 100 acres. The remaining Cajun Prairie is in small disjunct remnant strips along railroad rights of way. The Eunice Cajun Prairie Restoration Project was started in 1988 as a joint community effort to restore and preserve a small amount of Cajun Prairie. It is a ten-acre site located inside the city limits of Eunice. The site preparation included herbicide application, burning, and tillage. Seeds and transplants that were native to southwest Louisiana were used to reestablish the vegetation. Management practices including prescribed burning and spot herbicide treatment. Approximately 300 native Cajun Prairie species have become reestablished on the restoration site with little bluestem now becoming the dominant grass. The restored site as included considerable numbers of big bluestem, switchgrass, and indiangrass. Other species of note on the site include blazing starts and hairy sunflower. The major management problem is the control of Chinese tallow tree.
Publisher: The North Carolina Botanical Garden, Chapel Hill, NC, October 1-3, 2002. Omnipress, Madison, WI
Editor(s): J. Randall