Regional Availability of Plants for Prairie Restoration
ENGINEER RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT CENTER VICKSBURG MS
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This technical note identifies and describes sources for seeds and plant materials that can be used for prairie restoration and management efforts on Corps of Engineers project lands. This document is a product of the Ecosystem Management and Restoration Research Program EMRRP work unit titled PrairieGrassland Ecosystems on Corps Projects. Many Corps of Engineers projects contain substantial grassland acreage Figure 1, and there is considerable potential for Corps districts to improve prairie communities on project lands throughout the United States Martin and Peloquin 2005. Prairies are important to watershed protection because they fulfill multiple functions on a landscape scale including their role as a buffer controlling sediment and non-point source pollution from entering waterways, providing erosion control, nutrient cycling, water purification, restoring aquatic habitats, improving wildlife habitat, and providing protection for rare plant and animal species. Additionally, native prairies function as a stable plant community and qualify as meeting the Corps Sustainable Lands Performance Measure, now tracked by the Operations and Maintenance Business Information Link OMBIL and incorporated in the Environmental-Stewardship Budget Evaluation SysTem E-S BEST.