The wide adaptation and rapid establishment of tall fescue make it an excellent choice for providing ground cover to prevent erosion and enhance water conservation. Its dense sod and deep root system slow water runoff and improve infiltration. Its ability to cycle nutrients effectively and to accumulate heavy metals make it a viable choice for phytoremediation applications. Although tall fescue may not be an ideal wildlife cover, it can be managed for use by a variety of animal species. For these reasons this important grass species will continue to play a major role in conservation practices.