On Saturday, March 2, 15 volunteers from the Southeastern Grassland Initiative (SGI) partnered with Dunbar Cave State Park for the Tennessee State Parks annual Weed Wrangle®.
A presentation about grassland loss, the single greatest conservation issue currently facing eastern North American terrestrial biodiversity. Southern grasslands are nearly extinct and the species that depend on them are fading fast.
Cooper Breeden is the recently hired Conservation Coordinator of the Tennessee Plant Conservation Alliance, a new initiative in the state.
After years of science pointing to the dire state of grasslands worldwide, an award from the Tennessee Wildlife Federation puts southeastern grasslands squarely on the conservation agenda.
SGI has added a research associate to our team in early 2018.
SGI is excited to announce it has signed a Memorandum of Agreement with the Society for Range Management.
SGI, or the “eastern SGI” as our SRM friends like to call us (on account of the Sage Grouse Initiative out west or the “western SGI”) is thrilled to begin a partnership with Society for Range Management to facilitate cooperative work, communication, and outreach to support grasslands/rangelands of the southeast. Looking forward to working with our friends at SRM!
SRM is the professional scientific society and conservation organization whose members are concerned with studying, conserving, managing and sustaining the varied resources of the rangelands which comprise nearly half the land in the world. Established in 1948, SRM has hosted over 4,000 members in 48 countries, including many developing nations. SRM’s members are land managers, scientists, educators, students, producers and conservationists–a diverse membership guided by a professional code of ethics and unified by a strong land ethic and SGI is proud to now call itself a partner of SRM!
To read more about SRM, check them out here: http://rangelands.org/.