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Monday, June 3 • 1:30pm - 1:55pm
Longleaf and Shortleaf Pine Understory Native Plant Development at the USDA NRCS East Texas Plant Materials Center LIMITED

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The mission of the United States Department of Agriculture Natural Resources Conservation Service (USDA NRCS) Plant Materials Program is to evaluate, select and release native plants to solve conservation problems.  The USDA NRCS East Texas Plant Materials Center (ETPMC) in Nacogdoches, Texas plays an active role in native plant development for eastern Texas and western Louisiana, also known as the Western Coastal Plain, Major Land Resource Area, 133B.  This region encompasses the western most expansion of the historic longleaf pine range.  Native plants released by the ETPMC for application in longleaf pine understory restoration plantings include Harrison Germplasm Florida paspalum (Paspalum floridanum), Cajun Sunrise Germplasm ashy sunflower (Helianthus mollis), ‘Nacogdoches’ eastern gamagrass (Tripsacum dactyloides), and most recently Coastal Plains Germplasm little bluestem (Schizachyrium scoparium).  The ETPMC is also collaborating with the United States Forest Service and East Texas Natives to increase native plant development in the region.  The ETPMC is currently evaluating and selecting pinehill bluestem (Schizachyrium scoparium var. divergens), pineywoods dropseed (Sporobolus junceus), and swamp sunflower (Helianthus angustifolius) ecotypes for longleaf pine ecosystem restoration efforts.  


Alan Shadow


Monday June 3, 2019 1:30pm - 1:55pm CDT
Room 1510, The Garden Room