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The Center for Native Grasslands Management

Title: Conservation: erosion control, soil management and remediation, and effects on wildlife habitat
Year: 2009
Author(s): Joost, R. E.
Source Title: Tall fescue for the twenty-first century
Source Type: Book
pages: 489-507
Original Publication: http://  
Abstract: Tall fescue is an excellent choice for providing ground cover to prevent erosion and enhance water conservation, thanks to its wide adaptation and ease of establishment. Its dense sod and deep root system slow water runoff and improve infiltration. Its ability to cycle nutrients effectively and to accumulate heavy metals make it a viable choice for phytoremediation applications. These same characteristics make the species an important contributor to soil development and a valuable component of carbon sequestration in grasslands. Although tall fescue may not be an ideal wildlife cover, it can be managed for use by diverse animal species. For these reasons this important grass species will continue to play a major role in conservation practices.
Publisher: Crop Science of America and American Society of Agronomy, Madison, WI
Editor(s): H. A. Fribourg