Hermitage in Davidson County, Tennessee — The American South (East South Central)
Land Conservation at The Hermitage
Native Warm Season Grasses Plan
When the early settlers of European descent came to Tennessee, they found native grasses growing in treeless areas that they called “barrens.” It is believed that these open areas were maintained by fires set by American Indians, lightning strikes, and/or grazing and trampling by herds of bison, deer, and elk.
As the settlers made their homes and altered the landscape for agriculture, native warm season grasses were replaced by hay and pasture grasses introduced from Europe. Controlling wildfires also allowed some native grass lands to gradually become forests.
Many of the common introduced agricultural grasses provide very little habitat benefits for wildlife. In the southeast, bobwhite quail populations in particular have been adversely affected by widespread loss of suitable habitat. Planting and properly maintaining native warm season grasses can restore vital small game, non-game habitat, and provide grazing for livestock in Tennessee.
Technical assistance and funding for this Native Warm Season Grass establishment was provided by:
• Natural Resources Conservation Service
• Davidson County Soil Conservation District
• Tennessee Department of Agriculture
Native warm season grasses: big and little bluestem, indiangrass, and switchgrass can be planted as a field border, filter strip, or field planting. NWSG have many purposes:
• Improving water quality
• Wildlife cover
• Forage for grazing and haying
Indiangrass and forbs
Big bluestem seedhead
Location. 36° 13.152′ N, 86° 36.683′ W. Marker is in Hermitage, Tennessee, in Davidson County. Marker can be reached from Rachels Lane. Touch for map. The marker is on the Field Quarter Trail at The Hermitage. Marker is in this post office area: Hermitage TN 37076, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Field Quarter Spring (within shouting distance of this marker); Determined Resistance (within shouting distance of this marker); Stories Told by Things the Enslaved Left Behind (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Field Quarter (about 400 feet away); "Have the Negro Houses Placed Where the Old Ones Stands" (about 400 feet away); A Lively Place (about 400 feet away); The Hermitage Overseer (about 400 feet away); Ginning and Pressing "King Cotton" (about 600 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Hermitage.
Categories. • Agriculture • Anthropology • Native Americans • Settlements & Settlers •
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