Effects of an Exotic Reclamation Grass (agropyron cristatum) on the Restoration of the Butte Hill

Mark Mariano, Montana Tech of the University of Montana


Mark Mariano is a graduate student at Montana Tech and is currently completing his Restoration Certificate. During his capstone project he performed several different experiments to study how crested wheatgrass may be limiting the success of native plant restoration on the Butte Hill. One of his most essential findings is that this Eurasian plant creates a physical and chemical barrier for native plant recruitment.