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The Center for Native Grasslands Management

Title: Mine Reclamation to Karner Blue Butterfly Habitat with Warm-Season Grasses and Wildflowers
Year: 2005
Author(s): Marsh, A. M., White, R. H.
Source Title: Proceedings of the 4th Eastern Native Grass Symposium
Source Type: Proceedings
pages: 53-61
Original Publication:  
Abstract: We are currently involved in the reclamation of a 210+-acre gravel mine to suitable habitat for the introduction of the endangered Karner blue butterfly (Lycaeides melissa samuelis) through the planting of warm-season grasses and associated wildflowers, trees, and shrubs. To our knowledge, a gravel mine has not been reclaimed to Karner blue butterfly habitat and a reintroduction attempted in the eastern United States. The ecology and biology of Karner blue butterflies are also amenable to such a reintroduction program. If this project is successful, we believe reclamation of gravel mines in the Karner blue butterfly’s former range to warm-season grass savannahs is a way to increase the population of this endangered species, increase the amount of acres of warm-season grass ecosystems in the East, and increase the available habitat for other species that depend on these ecosystems as well.
Publisher: The University of Kentucky Department of Forestry, Lexington, Kentucky
Editor(s): T. G. Barnes