• Manassas National Battlefield Park

    Manassas

    National Battlefield Park Virginia

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Grasses

Grasses
Manassas National Battlefield Park
NPS Photo
 
Grasses

Manassas National Battlefield Park

NPS Photo

Presently, Manassas National Battlefield has roughly 1,500 acres of managed grasslands and fields that are maintained by different cutting regimes devised to provide habitat for supporting important bird populations. It is estimated that since the mid-1800's, grassland ecosystems in North America have declined by at least 80 percent. In Virginia, grasslands have decreased by 55 percent since 1945. The managed warm season grasslands in Manassas National Battlefield provide a refuge for birds and other grassland species. The park has restored over 500 acres to native warm season grasses that help provide wildlife habitat, prevent erosion and filter nitrates with their deep root system, and maintain water quality by acting as a riparian buffer in areas where trees cannot be planted. These warm season grasses require no fertilization or lime and are adapted to the acidic soils in the park.

 
 
Grasses
Manassas National Battlefield Park
NPS Photo

Did You Know?

Did You Know?

Confederate troops destroyed the Stone Bridge over Bull Run in March 1862 before falling back to a more defensible position fifty miles to the south near Fredericksburg. The current structure was completed in the 1880s, on the site of the war-time bridge.