National Native Plant Materials Development Protocol
The Bureau’s seed-buying record is unpredictable, and has historically been dependent on the severity of the fire season. What is predictable is that if the BLM has a bad fire season, we will buy a large amount of seed. Industry is willing to produce the native seed needed for fire restoration, but in order to do so they need a more stable native seed market. One focus of this program is to integrate the Bureau’s fire rehabilitation need with short-term reclamation and long-term restoration needs, thus providing a more stable market for the seed industry.
GOAL 1 - Identify Existing and Future Needs for Native Plant Materials for Restoration Purposes on the Colorado Plateau.
GOAL 2 - Follow the National Native Plant Materials Development Protocol to develop an adequate supply of diverse, economical, and regionally-adapted native plant materials for restoration efforts on the Colorado Plateau.
GOAL 3 - Identify existing methodologies and work with partners to develop and test new methodologies to ensure successful establishment and persistence of native plant materials.
GOAL 4 – Communicate within agencies, partners, and the public regarding the roles, responsibilities, values, and products of the CPNPP.
These goals are described in more detail in the Colorado Plateau Native Plant Program 5-Year Strategy and Action Plan – March 2011
A Manager’s Guide to Roadside Revegetation Using Native Plants, FHWA-WFL/TD-07-006 (3.4 MB)
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What are Native Plants?
Native plant species are defined by the National Park Service as “all species that now occur, have occurred, or may occur as a result of natural processes”. While there is still much to learn about the values of native vegetation, there is an understanding that native species maintain the biological diversity and the ecosystem processes that naturally occur on the landscapes. It has been noted that the loss of any native species from an ecosystem should be considered as a loss of the resilience of those ecosystems. Native vegetation provides habitat for native fauna and for the pollinators whose roles in maintaining healthy ecosystems are only now being fully recognized. Healthy ecosystems, in turn, provide for ecosystem services, such as the protection of water quality, prevention of land degradation, and maintenance of long-term ecosystem productivity.