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Project ID: 12-5-01-25

Year: 2012

Date Started: 05/14/2012

Date Completed: 05/07/2012

Title: Southeastern Prairie Symposium

Project Proposal Abstract: The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks, partnered with Mississippi State University, and Wildlife Mississippi will co-host a symposium for natural resources professionals and scientists involved in the ecology, management, and restoration of Southeastern prairie habitats. Prior to European settlement, the southeastern United States had several regions dominated by grasslands or prairie that supported a diverse and unique array of wildlife and native vegetation. Today, many of these prairie ecosystems are listed as critically imperiled by state wildlife action plans due to conversion to agriculture and non-native grasses, excessive grazing, and fire exclusion. Southeastern prairie habitats are important and unique land types that are receiving increased attention across the region. Over the past 10 years, increased funding for habitat restoration and enhancement has been provided by various conservation initiatives and grants, including the Landowner Incentive Program, State Wildlife Grants, and Partners for Fish and Wildlife Habitat Restoration provided by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Although great accomplishments have been made through these programs, some funding opportunities unfortunately are being eliminated or are facing decreased appropriations, and efforts are needed to compile knowledge gained so to be better prepared for future opportunities. The primary goal of this symposium is to create a synthesis of current approaches to prairie restoration and enhancement throughout the region by identifying broad-scale generalities in management practices and biota while recognizing differences at the specific ecosystem level. Three concurrent sessions focusing on management, the natural biota, as well as working grasslands will unite researchers, biologists, and managers from across the southern United States (AL, AR, FL, GA, KY LA, MS, NC, OK, SC, TN, TX), and increase communication among state, federal, and non-governmental partners in prairie habitat management. Invited speakers will bring all participants to common ground on the topics of prairie remnants, conservation, and working grasslands. Submitted papers by scientists and resource professionals will be presented to inform participants on prairie restoration and enhancement advances.

Principal Investigator: JoVonn G. Hill

Agency/Organization: Mississippi State University

Branch or Dept: Department of Entomology & Plant Pathology


Other Project Collaborators

Type

Name

Agency/Organization

Branch or Dept

Agreements Contact

Daniel S. Coggin

Mississippi Fish & Wildlife Foundation

Budget Contact

John P. Gruchy

Mississippi

WFP-Wildlife, Fisheries & Parks


Project Locations

Consortium

Appalachian

Great Plains

Oak Woodlands

South


Level

State

Agency

Unit

REGIONAL

Southeast

MULTIPLE


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