Eastern Native Grasslands Alliance
The Eastern Native Grasslands Alliance (ENGA) was first envisioned during 2006. While a completely new effort, this group is modeled loosely after the Longleaf Alliance and seeks to improve the awareness, knowledge and use of native grasses throughout the East.
The ENGA will be linked closely to the Eastern Native Grass Symposium effort that has been in place since the 1997. By giving the Symposium effort a permanent home and expanding the role to include information exchange, advocacy and outreach, we will build on the efforts to date.
The ENGA will be loosely organized under an ad hoc steering committee and will work closely with the CNGM. At its heart, the ENGA will be an “organization of organizations," a means of bringing many together for a common purpose.
We hope to complete the roll out for this organization and launch a web page during 2008. At an initial meeting of the planning committee during 2007, the following draft Vision and Mission statements were developed:
Vision Statement for ENGA
The Eastern Native Grasslands Alliance will promote understanding, acceptance, use, and restoration of native grasses and grasslands in the eastern United States.
Mission Statement for ENGA
The Eastern Native Grasslands Alliance will be recognized as the regional leader in information exchange relevant to the ecological and economic functions of native grasses and grasslands through a network of partner organizations with emphasis on reaching leaders, educators, and administrators. Working cooperatively with our partner organizations, ENGA will inform policy, legislation, and programs that promote understanding, acceptance, use, and restoration of native grasses and grasslands. ENGA will work closely with the Center for Native Grasslands Management to achieve these goals.