Management guides for Virginia landowners interested in increasing native biodiversity or the abundance of specific species on their property.

BURN MANAGEMENT

Prescribed burns are an ideal management tool for keeping grasslands and old fields in early successional states.  These early successional states provide the right mixture of plant species diversity and plant density to support many grassland wildlife species such as quail and sparrow species.

INVASIVE PLANTS

Invasive species provide limited food and habitat for wildlife species.  Invasive species frequently create monocultures by outcompeting valuable native plant species.  Invasive species can dramatically reduce biodiversity in a manner similar to constructing a parking lot. The are numerous invasive species important to Virginia grasslands.  The following PDFs cover invasive species important to Virginia and strategies for managing them. 

NATIVE PLANTS AND GRASSLAND RESTORATION

This is a collection of PDFs which offer management suggestions for landowners wishing to learn more about native warm season grasses, forbs, and shrubs.  Information on grassland restoration and invasive species management is available.

POLLINATORS

Roughly 80 percent of the world’s plant species require wildlife assisted pollination.  Pollinated agricultural crops account for approximately 10 billion dollars annually in the United States.  Pollinator decline is generally linked to habitat and forage loss and destruction of nectar corridors.  Landowners can help by supporting and planting native plant species which are beneficial to pollinators.

WILDLIFE

Recent reports that can provide you with guidance on how to manage your land for native wildlife.


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