Location: Southeast Watershed ResearchTitle: Marginal lands for biocontrol and ecosystem services: Where to enhance and what do we put there?
Submitted to: International Congress of Entomology
Publication Type: Abstract Only
Publication Acceptance Date: 8/25/2016
Publication Date: 9/30/2016
Citation: Schmidt, J., Olson, D.M., Strickland, T.C., Coffin, A.W. 2016. Marginal lands for biocontrol and ecosystem services: Where to enhance and what do we put there [abstract]? International Congress of Entomology.
Technical Abstract: Analysis of the Coastal Plain of Georgia, USA identified over 300,000 hectares of marginal land. There is a potential to grow other non-commodity native plants in marginal areas that have the potential to improve the diversity of the landscape and promote ecosystem services. Bioenergy feedstocks are an attractive possibility because these may provide harvestable biomass that can be used for many purposes and deep rooted perennial grasses may also buffer adjacent natural habitats and prevent erosion. We discuss the first year of a project designed to explore the potential of improving marginal lands for ecosystem services.