June 13, 2019 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
UT Arboretum Auditorium

Research has shown that the southeast historically had large areas of prairie and grasslands that was home to a diverse community of plants and wildlife. On June 13 Dwayne Estes, known in the ecology community as “the prairie preacher,” will present “The Southeastern Grasslands Initiative: Charting a New Course for Conservation in the 21st Century” at 7 p.m. at the UT Arboretum Auditorium. The program is cosponsored by TCWP and the University of Tennessee Arboretum Society. Estes is executive director for the Southeastern Grasslands Initiative (SGI). At Austin Peay State University, he also serves as professor of biology and director of the APSU Herbarium, a plant museum with more than 130,000 specimens. For his leadership in developing SGI, Estes was named Tennessee Conservationist of the Year in 2018 by the Tennessee Wildlife Federation. The Southeastern Grasslands Initiative aims to preserve, restore, and promote grasslands of all types throughout the Southeast. One-half of all rare habitat types in the Southeast are grasslands, which harbor 60% of rare plant species and provide habitat for 35% of rare animals, from bobwhites to box turtles.