Oklahoma State University


Biodiversity and Wildlife HabitatBiodiversity and Wildlife Habitat - Switchgrass - Plant & Soil Sciences

Switchgrass can provide habitat and food for many species of wildlife, including cover for large and small mammals, and a nesting place for wild turkey and quail. Even as a monoculture, it is better suited than annual grain crops to provide cover, forage, and nesting areas for native species. The fi nal impact of switchgrass planted for biofuel production on biodiversity depends on how it is managed. Converting CRP lands that currently have mixed native grass stands to monocultures of switchgrass may reduce wildlife habitat.

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