BLM’s National Consolidated Seed Buy quantities between 1996 and 2008 showing pounds/percent native and introduce seed bought for restoration and revegetation purposes
In 1999, which was a year with many large fires, the BLM bought about twice the amount of non-native as native seed. The availability of native seed was limited at that time and it was clear that efforts were needed to increase the available supply of native plant materials for future uses. Between 2000 and 2008, the amount of native seed purchased by the BLM increased significantly. The following figure illustrates the change in use of native seed over this time period. In 2007, the BLM purchased over 7 million pounds of seed, primarily for restoration of burned areas throughout the West, with 56% of the total amount being native. The BLM’s goal is to stabilize the annual native seed buy quantities at approximately 3 million pounds to help stabilize the native seed industry.
Native Seed Network
Sellers of native plant materials are encouraged to list their materials on the Native Seed Network’s web page. The BLM is hopeful that all offices in the Colorado Plateau will go to this page to facilitate their use of native plant materials in restoration efforts. It is through this organization that we hope to create a “one-stop shopping experience” for both users and sellers of native plant materials.
Native Seeds Available for Growers
The NRCS Plant Materials Centers in Meeker, CO; Los Lunas, NM; and Aberdeen, ID provide information on native plant materials they have available through intensive research and development. In addition, the Uncompahgre Partnership has been evaluating several native species collected from the Colorado Plateau (See links below). Through their efforts, native plant materials are becoming available for commercial growers throughout the West.
NRCS Plant Materials Program:
Methods for Growing Native Plant Materials
The Native Plant Network Propagation Protocol Database provides information on how to propagate native plants of North America. Growers can both download information and upload protocols for species they have successfully grown.
Here is an example of the information available from this web site.
Let us know your needs by contacting the Colorado Plateau Native Plant Program Coordinator in the Utah State Office of the BLM in Salt Lake City, Utah.