The Center for Native Grasslands Management provides a scientific background to producers and land managers, enabling them to effectively establish and manage native grasslands.
High priorities for our research include:
- forage production
- restoration of native grassland communities, particularly oak savannahs and woodlands
- wildlife conservation
- soil health
The Center’s second major focus is to make findings from our research widely available throughout the eastern United States. We work through Extension and partner organizations to share these results with producers, land management agencies, other researchers, and wildlife conservation organizations through publications, workshops, trainings, and field days.
The Center for Native Grasslands Management will be the catalyst for development of native grass management systems and communities that can improve farms, forests, rural economies, and habitat for grassland wildlife such as the northern bobwhite.
The Center will develop the scientific foundation needed to foster the economically viable incorporation of native warm-season grasses into forage and biofuels production systems, and restore native grassland communities across Tennessee and the eastern United States. The response of grassland dependent and other wildlife species to these practices will also be studied. These goals will be achieved by a combined research and outreach program.