Monday, June 3 • 10:00am - 10:25am
An Assessment of Methods and Species for Restoring Native Coastal Prairie LIMITED

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Along the upper Texas coast, The Nature Conservancy has undergone an effort to harvest an abundance and diversity of native plant seeds within the region. These seeds have been and are being planted on areas of the Texas City Prairie, primarily on loam - clay-loam soil sites formally dominated by deeprooted sedge (Cyperus entrerianus) and other non-native and native weedy vegetation. A pilot study revealed that planting rates of 20, 50, and 80 PLS/ ft2 result in similar vegetation communities. Early to mid-successional native species in the seed mix appears to benefit projects by creating community stability but also reduces species diversity. This reduction is hypothesized to be temporary and overcome by introducing management practices. Spring and fall plantings have both been consistently successful at producing diverse native plant communities. Post-planting weed management has been shown to be an important activity for project success and methods using herbicides and mechanical only have both been successful. While many methods have proven to be successful, each scenario presents different challenges that must be addressed to produce a native perennial vegetation community. 


Aaron Tjelmeland

The Nature Conservancy in Texas

Monday June 3, 2019 10:00am - 10:25am
Room 1510, The Garden Room

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