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ETPMC

East Texas Plant Materials Center (ETPMC)
Serving areas in the States of Arkansas, Louisiana, Oklahoma, and East Texas

Established: 1982
Size: 75 acres
PMC Operation: NRCS
Land Ownership: United States Forest Service

rattlesnake master photoThe East Texas Plant Materials Center (ETPMC) was established in 1982 as a joint venture of the Deep East and Northeast Texas Association of Conservation Districts and the Arthur Temple College of Forestry and Agriculture at Stephen F. Austin State University (SFASU).  It was originally located on the SFASU Beef Farm, and in 1987 the center was moved to its current location on the US Forest Service Stephen F. Austin Experimental Forest.  The mission of the ETPMC is to develop plant-based solutions for conservation needs in the Western Coastal Plain.

The ETPMC has a diverse service area covering 44 million acres in East Texas, Northwest Louisiana, Southwest Arkansas, and Southeast Oklahoma.  It is comprised of bottomland hardwoods, upland pine forests, croplands, and rangelands.  Major resource concerns include primarily soil health, water quality improvement, declining longleaf and shortleaf pine ecosystems, wildlife habitat improvement, and degraded pastureland.  These resource concerns are addressed through the selection of native plants, plant-based technology development, and education through public outreach.

The ETPMC has 8 active plant releases and is currently focused on development of understory species for longleaf and shortleaf pine habitat restoration.

Highlights

DECLINING LONGLEAF AND SHORTLEAF PINE ECOSYSTEMS

Developing native plant germplasm for understory restoration

DECLINING WILDLIFE HABITAT

Utilizing native plants for wildlife habitat improvement

  • Forage, cover, bedding areas, and travel corridors for a variety of game and non-game animals are provided by ‘Nacogdoches’ eastern gamagrass, Harrison Germplasm Florida paspalum, Coastal Plains Germplasm little bluestem, and Neches Germplasm splitbeard bluestem.
  • Crockett Germplasm herbaceous mimosa, a warm-season, perennial legume, provides high quality forage for white-tailed deer and excellent bugging sites for large game birds such as the eastern wild turkey.
  • Cajun Sunrise Germplasm ashy sunflower, Crocket Germplasm herbaceous mimosa, Pineland Gold swamp sunflower, and Pineywoods Germplasm thickspike gayfeather provide nectar for pollinating insects including the monarch butterfly.

SOIL HEALTH AND PROTECTION

Utilizing plant technology to protect and improve degraded soils

  • Commercially available cover crops are evaluated for adaptation and use for soil improvement in the Western Coastal Plain.
  • NRCS rainfall simulator demonstrates the benefits of soil health as it relates to water quality, surface erosion, and infiltration rates during outreach events. 
  • Crocket Germplasm herbaceous mimosa provides ground cover for soil protection and as N source in conservation plantings.

OUTREACH AND COMMUNICATION

Promote plant material programs and conservation

East Texas Plant Materials Center
6598 FM2782
Nacogdoches, TX 75964
Phone: (936) 564-4873
Fax: (936) 552-7924