Submitted to: Eastern Native Grass Symposium
Publication Type: Government Publication
Publication Acceptance Date: October 21, 2000
Publication Date: N/A
The Second Eastern Native Grass Symposium was held in Baltimore, MD during November, 1999. The Symposium provided 70 presentations, comprised of invited and volunteer oral presentations and poster papers. Presented here are the written papers or abstracts. Native grass use is expanding as rapidly as the seed and plant supplies of eastern sources will allow. The recent demand for materials is being driven by both a desire to utilize native plants to meet resource conservation objectives, and additional discovery of valuable functions which native grasses bring to discreet habitats and the environment in general. Native grasses bring a host of valuable traits to the conservation effort. Relatively unknown, under-appreciated, under-researched, and, therefore, under-used, native grasses will play a powerful role in environmental improvement as new technology is developed and institutionalized. The decision to publish the technical proceedings was a response to the view of participants that the presented technology will be indeed very valuable to their diverse activities. We also feel that it will be valuable to extend the information to those who could not attend the Symposium. This proceedings documents a baseline of knowledge, and an overview of action regarding native grass use as we begin a new century. The use of native grasses and grasslands can only increase in scale and sophistication as this 360 page state-of-the-art compilation shows.