Wayne Conservation District, USDA Natural Resource Conservation Service and Pocono Northeast Resource Conservation and Development Council will be hosting two informational meetings on May 5th at the Park Street Complex at 1 p.m. and 7 p.m. The purpose of the meetings is to provide education on all aspects of native warm season grasses including establishment, stand viability, planting information, and benefits of the grasses.


Wayne Conservation District, USDA Natural Resource Conservation Service and Pocono Northeast Resource Conservation and Development Council will be hosting two informational meetings on May 5th at the Park Street Complex at 1 p.m. and 7 p.m. The purpose of the meetings is to provide education on all aspects of native warm season grasses including establishment, stand viability, planting information, and benefits of the grasses.
Native grasses provide many benefits to landowners and farmers including erosion protection, building organic matter, maintaining natural biological activity, and providing high quality habitat for many native species of Pennsylvania wildlife.  Native grasses also produce large quantities of biomass, which can be used for renewable energy, mulch, and bedding for livestock, while providing some or all of the benefits mentioned above.  Planting native grasses can provide landowners who have fallow land an option for bringing it back into a beneficial, productive field.
Scott Singer, NRCS Biologist, will be presenting on establishment, management and benefits of native grasses.  Jill Weaver, NRCS District Conservationist, will provide an overview of USDA Conservation Programs that can help eligible applicants with cost share assistance in planting and maintaining plots.  David Kennedy, Wayne Conservation District, will discuss local support and information that can help interested landowners with establishing successful plots.
The informational meetings are structured at different times to allow flexibility for attendance, but the material presented will be the same at both meetings.  For more information please contact the Wayne Conservation District at (570) 253-0930.