Rediscovering and Recovering Grassland Remnants

Working with the support and cooperation of the Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT), the Southeastern Grasslands Initiative (SGI) is developing a plan to better conserve and manage the grassland and pollinator habitat found on Tennessee highway rights-of-way. A large part of this project involves finding and documenting the existing habitat along Tennessee’s highway corridors so that we can help TDOT prioritize areas in need of protection and restoration.

There are well over 4,000 miles of Tennessee highway in the SGI focal area—a task too large for SGI alone—so we’re recruiting and training citizen scientists to help with these grassland surveys.