Selected for optimal pollinator habitat, soil health, invasive species management, and scale-up potential, the winning team will receive travel expenses to visit a U.S. stewardship or land management ecosystem of their choice and the opportunity to present their plan to regional land trusts. They will also have a chance to bring their project to scale on West Campus.
Although growing conditions in Connecticut will determine specific research outcomes, organizers say the students’ hands-on experience can be applied to landscape plans and grassland research in other parts of the world.
“A stand of grasses is so much more approachable and more easily manipulated than a stand of trees, said William Lauenroth
, a professor in the practice and grasslands ecologist at F&ES. “In terms of experience in vegetation management, this is a great opportunity for students.”
To apply to GrassX 2017 by Feb. 24, click here. Students are also encouraged to attend information sessions on Monday, Feb 13, between 1 and 2 p.m., and Friday, Feb. 17 between 12 and 1 p.m., in the Ucross office, 8A, Sage Hall, 205 Prospect Street, New Haven.