PERRYVILLE, Ky. — State officials say crews at Perryville Battlefield State Historic Site are working to restore native species in an effort to make the land look more like it did during the Civil War.

A statement from the Kentucky Department of Parks says several organizations have formed a partnership to convert fescue to native grasses and wildflowers on 625 acres at the park, which is expected to attract Bobwhite quail, turkey and other species. The statement says plans call for Perryville Battlefield to also become a wildlife viewing and birding area.

Officials say it will take about two years for native grasses to become established. In the meantime, the restoration project could lead to dead or yellowed grass during this year’s re-enactment of the Battle of Perryville on Oct. 8-9.