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The Center for Native Grasslands Management

Title: Grassland restoration opportunities on a Piedmont North Carolina landscape
Year: 2002
Author(s): Sawyer, D., Hayes, D.
Source Title: Proceedings of the Third Eastern Native Grass Symposium
Source Type: Proceedings
pages: 297
Original Publication:  
Abstract: Working with private landowners through the Cooperative Upland Habitat Restoration and Enhancement (CURE) program the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission is establishing early succession habitats over a 5,000 acre area in the western piedmont. This area of rural landscape was selected because its’ current land use cover types were considered beneficial for bobwhite quail and landowner attitudes were considered positive for habitat management. The area is owned by twenty landowners and contains about equal amounts of forested and agricultural land. Agricultural land primarily consists of row crops, pastures, and hay fields that support the area’s dairy and beef cattle farms. The project is designed to improve habitat for bobwhite quail and early succession songbirds by maintaining at least 2% of each cooperating property in some form of early successional habitat. Landowners have provided sites for natural succession/grassland establishment on cropland field borders, pasture/stream edges, low quality hardwood stands, and small farm-fields. Restoration efforts include control of fescue sod, prescribed burning, fall disking, livestock exclusion, and seeding of native grasses. Population trends of bobwhite quail and songbirds as well as habitat changes will be monitored throughout the five-year project. Our experiences may prove beneficial to efforts in native grassland enhancement and establishment in other farming communities.
Publisher: The North Carolina Botanical Garden, Chapel Hill, NC, October 1-3, 2002. Omnipress, Madison, WI
Editor(s): J. Randall