I had a conservation with an earnest young habitat officer, who shall remain anonymous here. Regarding the plant species which not in favor. We agreed on brome and fescue, though neither is banned as noxious invader. Where I had a diversion of the party line, is red cedar, multiflora rose, and certain lespedeza plants. My theory is that especially bobwhite quail management, a lot will run over everything, is unacceptable, but managed, like we must for quail, a little bit is valuable. In the sixities, Missouri had harvests of between 2M-4M quail annually! Seems unbelievable now. We had help. Limited fescue, even more limited brome, broken-up ag. fields, (you farmers remember a farm called 4 bottom farm), firewood was harvested, timber was burned annually, (no ticks!), small grain, rotation to avoid fertilizer, accept manure, plowed under cover crops, and bone meal, limited pesticides. In those days we had western red cedar hedgerows, every fence line with native prairie grass, and lespedeza, every field corner had a multiflora or blackberry bramble, usually a few cedars or pin oaks with leaves staying on all winter. Now called a covey headquarters! Quail ate lespedeza seeds and foliage, eat rose hips, as do ALL song birds, Cardinal, Junco's, Mocking birds, roosted safely under the multiflora or huddled in worse weather under a cedar tree or under the pin oak canopy, song birds above. Planting vast acres of prairie grass will not solve all quail issues. If we allow fescue to be legal to plant, why can't I manage multiflora, cedars, and lespedeza? Especially since quail is my crop! My heaven we can't even get any help eradicating thistle from the state, in fact my county has a "garden" of that along the roadway. My point is this. At one point in time butter was bad for you, so we went to margarine, tasted bad and now worse that butter! Sugar, no no, went to sachrinne and aspertame. Now sugar it seems does not create cancer cells. Hard fast rules by break necked and hasty government managers, remind me of the old government joke, "We are the government, and we are here to help!" Meanwhile, I tend my root grafting of multiflora rose, lespedeza, selective cedar trees, and brushy oaks, I found and transplanted locally. I have seen my quail using, feeding, and roosting all week in there vicinity along my drive way. A little to help the cause.