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May 6, 2010

2010 Eastern Native Grass Symposium set Oct. 5-8 in Tennessee

The Seventh Eastern Native Grass Symposium will be held in Oct. 5-8 in Knoxville, Tenn., with a theme of "Native Grasses on Working and Natural Landscapes."

The Eastern Native Grass Symposium is an established biennial conference on native grasslands in eastern North America, designed to promote sharing of research, information and experiences. Participants will come from universities, public natural resources agencies, non-governmental conservation organizations, private enterprises, agriculture and interested individuals.

The Seventh Eastern Native Grass Symposium will be held at the Knoxville Marriott.

The four-day symposium will feature a broad agenda with a special emphasis on working landscapes that will include sessions on forage, biofuels, ecosystem restoration, wildlife management, seed production/landscaping, land reclamation (mines, landfills, etc) and other topics of interest for native grasses in the eastern United States and Canada. More information regarding field trips, a call for papers, a more detailed agenda, and registration will be forthcoming.

An article in the May-June 2008 issue of South Carolina Wildlife magazine, "Carolina Grasslands: Waltzing with Fire," discusses the natural and cultural history of grasslands. The article was written by Johnny Stowe, S.C. Department of Natural Resources (DNR) wildlife biologist and forester.

In 2008, the Sixth Eastern Native Grass Symposium was held in Columbia and was organized by the South Carolina Native Plant Society, a non-profit organization committed to the preservation and protection of native plant communities in South Carolina, and by a local planning committee of faculty members from Clemson University, as well as representatives from the S.C. Department of Natural Resources, federal Natural Resources Conservation Service and U.S. Forest Service.

South Carolina's natural resources are essential for economic development and contribute nearly $30 billion and 230,000 jobs to the state's economy. Find out why Life's Better Outdoors.

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