©Ted Bodner, Southern Weed Science Society, www.forestryimages.org
"Improved" species of grasses were introduced over time to provide additional forage for grazing animals, and have replaces the native plants of the region. In many areas, common exotic species include Bermuda-grass (Cynodon dactylon), Oatgrass (Avena sativa), Rescue-grass (Bromus catharticus), Crabgrass (Digitaria ciliaris), King Ranch Bluestem (Bothriochloa ischaemum), and Johnson Grass (Sorghum halapense). The park is restoring a portion of the native mixed grass prairie in the Johnson Settlement to better interpret the 1860's time period when President Johnson's forebears established themselves in the area.
Did You Know?
Lyndon Johnson was the first candidate in history to campaign by helicopter. Known as "The Johnson City Windmill," it was used during his second bid for the U.S. Senate in 1948. Lyndon B. Johnson National Historical Park