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Texas - East Texas Plant Materials Center Highlights

Highlights

DECLINING LONGLEAF AND SHORTLEAF PINE ECOSYSTEMS

Developing native plant germplasm for understory restoration

DECLINING WILDLIFE HABITAT

Utilizing native plants for wildlife habitat improvement

  • Forage, cover, bedding areas, and travel corridors for a variety of game and non-game animals are provided by ‘Nacogdoches’ eastern gamagrass, Harrison Germplasm Florida paspalum, Coastal Plains Germplasm little bluestem, and Neches Germplasm splitbeard bluestem.
  • Crockett Germplasm herbaceous mimosa, a warm-season, perennial legume, provides high quality forage for white-tailed deer and excellent bugging sites for large game birds such as the eastern wild turkey.
  • Cajun Sunrise Germplasm ashy sunflower, Crocket Germplasm herbaceous mimosa, Pineland Gold swamp sunflower, and Pineywoods Germplasm thickspike gayfeather provide nectar for pollinating insects including the monarch butterfly.

SOIL HEALTH AND PROTECTION

Utilizing plant technology to protect and improve degraded soils

  • Commercially available cover crops are evaluated for adaptation and use for soil improvement in the Western Coastal Plain.
  • NRCS rainfall simulator demonstrates the benefits of soil health as it relates to water quality, surface erosion, and infiltration rates during outreach events. 
  • Crocket Germplasm herbaceous mimosa provides ground cover for soil protection and as N source in conservation plantings.

OUTREACH AND COMMUNICATION

Promote plant material programs and conservation