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Saving Grasslands In The Southeast

Southeastern Grasslands Initiative

( aired Weds 10/23/19 )

The loss of grasslands here in the Southeast threatens the biodiversity of this region.


A partnership of researchers, conservationists and industry is now studying those grasslands - above all, how to restore and rebuild them.


Their effort is called the Southeastern Grasslands Initiative - based at Austin Peay State University in Clarksville, Tennessee.


Dr. Dwayne Estes is a biology professor at the university - and the Initiative’s executive director.


He joined us for a conversation - along with: Zach Irick, grassland ecologist at the Initiative; Adam Dattilo, a botanist at TVA - and by phone, Dr. JoVonn Hill of Mississippi State University...