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July 31, 2008

Eastern Native Grassland symposium will be held in Columbia Oct. 7-10

The Sixth Eastern Native Grass Symposium will be held Oct. 7-10 at the Radisson Hotel & Conference Center at 2100 Bush River Road in Columbia.
           
The Eastern Native Grass Symposium is an established biennial conference on native grasslands in eastern North America, designed to promote sharing of research, information and experiences. Participants will come from universities, public natural resources agencies, non-governmental conservation organizations, private enterprises, agriculture and interested individuals.
           
The Sixth Eastern Native Grass Symposium is being organized by the South Carolina Native Plant Society, a non-profit organization committed to the preservation and protection of native plant communities in South Carolina, and by a local planning committee of faculty members from Clemson University, as well as representatives from the S.C. Department of Natural Resources, federal Natural Resources Conservation Service and U.S. Forest Service.
           
The four-day symposium will feature numerous sessions on topics such as fire in native grass ecosystems, invasive species management, managing native grass communities for game and non-game wildlife, management of native grasses for livestock, and many more.
           
Field trips on Oct. 9 will take symposium participants to see numerous plant communities in four distinct regions of the state: Western Midlands, Central Coastal Plain, Coastal Plain/Sandhills and Eastern Piedmont.
           
Continuing education credits are available through the symposium from Clemson University's Professional Advancement and Continuing Education (PACE) office; from the Society of American Foresters; from The Wildlife Society; and from the Society for Range Management.

DNR protects and manages South Carolina's natural resources by making wise and balanced decisions for the benefit of the state's natural resources and its people.


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