On a day where caretakers dutifully trim the grass and care for the approximately 200,000 headstones marking the final resting place of veterans and their families, three plant specialists with the USDA’s NRCS begin work in the southeast portion of the national cemetery.
Pollinators play a key role in our nation’s food supply, but despite their value, many pollinator species are in trouble.
Since work began with big sacaton (Sporobolus wrightii) in 1980, the Los Lunas Plant Materials Center recognized the potential of this native grass species as a plant material that could be used for conservation issues.
Plant Materials Centers are working to select plants and provide recommendations on plants which will enhance pollinator populations throughout the growing season.
Since 2001, the Golden Meadow Plant Materials Center, Galliano, Louisiana, has been working with tribal representatives on propagation, establishment, culture and harvest of river cane (also known as wild cane, giant cane and giant bamboo).
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Cover Crops and Soil Health
Common Weeds/Malezas Comunes
Indigenous Stewardship Methods
People's Gardens at PMCs
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