Virginia Tech - Invent the Future
 8th Eastern Native Grass Symposium - October 1-4, 2012 - Doubletree Hotel  -Charlottesville, VA

You are invited to attend the 8th Eastern Native Grass Symposium. This year the ENGS will place special emphasis on the role that native grasses can play in mitigating the effects of climate change. Sessions will feature topics related to biofuels, ecosystem restoration, forages, seed production/landscaping, land reclamation (mines, landfills) wildlife management and other relevant issues for native grasses in the eastern United States and Canada. The program will include several field trips to selected sites in Virginia and hands on workshops.

photo Keynote Speaker Douglas W. Tallamy
As a child, Douglas W. Tallamy spent his summer days exploring the wild places that surrounded him, discovering a small pond filled with pollywogs, and taking great delight in watching their growth. One day, a bulldozer buried the young toads and all the other living treasures within the pond, an act that forever influenced Doug's way of thinking about nature.

Tallamy is currently Professor and Chair of the Department of Entomology and Wildlife Ecology at the University of Delaware in Newark, Delaware, where he has written more than 65 research articles and has taught insect taxonomy, behavioral ecology, and other subjects. Chief among his research goals is to better understand the many ways insects interact with plants and how such interactions determine the diversity of animal communities.

Doug won the Silver Medal from the Garden Writer's Association for his book, Bringing Nature Home.

In his free time, Doug enjoys photography, hiking in remote places with his wife, swimming, canoeing, and teaching young people about the importance of the life forms around them.

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Notices & News

The program has been finalized (see Schedule).

Poster dimensions can be no larger than 44.5" by 44.5"


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