Western Research and Demonstration Farm
Native grasslands provide a multitude of benefits to society including forage production, wildlife habitat, and nutrient and CO2 uptake and storage. There has been continuing interest within the conservation community in restoring grasslands to maximize these multiple benefits. In addition to achieving the most common objectives of reducing soil erosion and increasing organic carbon and nutrient availabilities, restored grasslands also produce important wildlife habitat, and they have the potential to uptake and store greenhouse gases like CO2. Grassland plantings have been found to increase game and non-game bird abundance and diversity and to improve deer habitat.
Iowa State University
Wilsey, Brian J., "Dominant Grass Effects on Diversity and Functioning of Restored Grassland" (2004). Iowa State Research Farm Progress Reports. 1428.