Habitat Restoration

I helped with a project at Panola Mountain State Park to plant native grasses in old farmland. I have collected seeds before, but this was my first time planting them!

 

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Phase 1

Phase 2

Phase 2

We were planting Brown Indian Grass, but there were other interesting plant species as well!

Dwarf Sumac (Rhus Mihauxii) ENDANGERED

Dwarf Sumac (Rhus Michauxii) ENDANGERED

Gammagrass (Male)

Gammagrass (Male)

Gammagrass (Female)

Gammagrass (Female)

We were planting an area plowed by a tractor. The seeds don’t need to be submerged just placed on the surface. Nature will do the rest!

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We were each assigned a square in the field.

We each had a pillowcase full of seeds collected by previous volunteers.

We each had a pillowcase full of seeds collected by previous volunteers.

Brown Indian Grass

Brown Indian Grass

We were tasked to use half of our pillowcase to cover one plot, then the other half for a different plot.

Sowing seeds!

Sowing seeds!

We successfully completed our task! These events are opened to the public so if this activity interests you please visit: http://gastateparks.org/PanolaMountain