Use of Native Grasses in Erosion Control, Habitat and Aesthetics: May 13 2016, Spanish Fort, AL

Topic(s): Restoration Science , Stormwater Management
Priority Issue(s): Habitat Conservation , Water Quality
Host Partner(s): Weeks Bay Reserve
Location:  Spanish Fort City Hall, Spanish Fort, Alabama
Date/Time: calendar icon5/13/2016
Price: $0.00
Max Applicants: 50

Use of Native Grasses in Erosion Control, Habitat and Aesthetics

Date:   May 13, 2016

Time:   8:30am to 11:00am

Location:   Spanish Fort City Hall, 7361 Spanish Fort Boulevard, Spanish Fort, Alabama

Instructor: Mark B. Fiely, Horticulturist, Ernst Conservation Seeds

Workshops resources are available for download:

Agenda:  Agenda Use of Native Grasses in Erosion Control

Speaker Presentation:  Alabama 13 May 2016 Use of Native Grasses in Erosion Control, Habitat and Aesthetics

Seed Gallery A:  Alabama Seedling Gallery A

Seed Gallery B:  Alabama Seedling Gallery B

Seed Gallery C:  Alabama Seedling Gallery C

Native grasses and wildflowers are those species that were present prior to European exploration and settlement of our country. Some of these plants were appreciated by early botanists and domesticated by gardeners in Europe. The value of most native species has been underappreciated through much of our history. In this short course, Mark Fiely, Horticulturist,Ernst Conservation Seeds will discuss the establishment and maintenance of native grasses and flowers for many purposes. He will discuss  their use for purposes of erosion control, storm water treatment, wildlife habitat(including butterflies, native bees, small and large game) and aesthetics.



8:00am                      Coffee, treats and sign in

8:30am – 10:00am  Overview of natives:

What are they? The familiar and possibly unfamiliar, and habitat benefits of using natives. General overview of meadow installation and maintenance: Site preparation, seeding methods and Carriers to assist in broadcasting of seed, post seeding maintenance, and planting dates.

10:00am – 10:10am   Short Break

10:10am – 11:30am   Specific insights related to installation and maintenance of:

Residential meadows/pollinator meadows/wildlife habitat, Slopes and Stream banks, Storm water basins, and Wetlands. Reflections on causes of failure and possible solutions.

The target audiences are Landscapers, Landscape Architects, Contractors, Erosion and Sediment Control Professionals, Road Builders, Restoration Specialists and Public Works staff.

Please contact Mike Shelton at Weeks Bay Reserve at 251.490.8968 or mike.shelton@dcnr.alabama.govfor content and registration information. There is no fee but registration is required.

Learn more ways to keep Alabama’s water clear and create a CleanWater Future. See you at the workshop. Sponsored by: Coastal Clear WaterAlabama, Create A Clean Water Future, NOAA and Weeks Bay NERR Coastal Training Program.

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