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The Center for Native Grasslands Management

Title: Native warm-season grass establishment through federal cost sharing programs in New Jersey
Year: 2002
Author(s): Dunne, T., Miller, C., Shrading, E.
Source Title: Proceedings of the Third Eastern Native Grass Symposium
Source Type: Proceedings
pages: 302
Original Publication:  
Abstract: Native warm season grasses plantings have become common for at least the last five years in New Jersey through the US Fish and Wildlife Service Partners for Fish and Wildlife program and several USDA Farm Bill programs including the Wildlife Habitat Incentives Program and the Conservation Reserve Program. Average costs of warm season grass establishment in New Jersey are $4400/acre. Cost share rates for landowners vary depending upon the government program utilized. Warm season grass establishment has been accomplished by conventional tillage practices and with no-till methods. Generally, the best establishment has been achieved by a long-term weed control program with the use of appropriate herbicides. Very good results have been observed without any herbicide use at least in one case. Seedings have been completed in almost every month from March through November with the best results from May seedings. The majority of warm season grass establishment has been done with wildlife habitat improvement as the primary objective of the landowner. Habitat for wildlife species such as grasshopper sparrow, bobolink, northern harrier, northern bobwhite quail, and eastern wild turkey has been improved.
Publisher: The North Carolina Botanical Garden, Chapel Hill, NC, October 1-3, 2002. Omnipress, Madison, WI
Editor(s): J. Randall