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The Center for Native Grasslands Management

Title: Establishing Native Warm-Season Grasses in Pennsylvania Through the USDA Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program
Year: 2005
Author(s): Isaacs, B., Klinger, S. C.
Source Title: Proceedings of the 4th Eastern Native Grass Symposium
Source Type: Proceedings
pages: 213-216
Original Publication:  
Abstract: Pennsylvania state agencies and NGOs recognized that in addition to buffer practices, large acreages of HEL cropland would have to be put into permanent vegetative cover in order to significantly improve water quality and also wildlife habitat for some species, particularly ground nesting, grassland-dependent wildlife. The Pennsylvania Game Commission (PGC)recommended that one-fourth to one-third of the HEL cropland enrolled and seeded to permanent vegetative cover be established in native warm-season grasses to increase the diversity of grassland habitat. The DEP also recognized that native warm-season grasses would require less application of nutrients both for establishment and maintenance. Less nutrients applied meant less chance for excess nutrients to wind up in surface and ground water.
Publisher: The University of Kentucky Department of Forestry, Lexington, Kentucky
Editor(s): T. G. Barnes