Your heading for the story on this subject is misleading, to say the least (Afton Mine Aims To Restore Native Grasses . . ., March 13).
Reading the article we find that: “Reclaimed areas have been seeded with a replacement plant, crested wheatgrass.” Of course crested wheatgrass is not a native plant but rather an import from Siberia. It has been used for many years in range “rehabilitation” projects throughout North America.
However, there is growing opposition to seeding crested wheatgrass to repair overgrazing and other damage to our grasslands. Many would prefer land managers to make more effort to restore our ranges by replanting with native grass species rather than with exotics.