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In this field session we will have a rare opportunity to observe and compare – on a single site – planted and naturally occurring native landscapes varying in age and management regime. Examined landscapes will include “warm-season grass” meadows, cool-season grass pastures, restored pine-oak savanna, and dry/wet mixed hardwood woodlands.

Many of these landscapes contain high levels of native species diversity, including characteristic species of the Eastern Grassland. As a result of ecological and culture-based management procedures including selective timber harvests and prescribed fire, many of the species have rebounded naturally from the present seed/rootstock bank. At this site we will analyze the current plant communities, the natural and human activities that led to them, and how to translate that information into designed landscapes of various scales.

Cosponsored by Southeastern Grasslands Initiative

Approved for 6 LA CES CEUs

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