U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIORBUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT
|Plant Conservation Program|
Why Use Native Plants?
BLM Manual 1745 defines a native plant species as a plant occurring either presently or historically in any ecosystem in the United States.
Which Native Plants Should be Used?
Restoration and Reclamation efforts are more likely to be successful when locally-sourced native plant materials are used because those plants are genetically adapted to the local conditions. So:
Integrated Vegetation Management Handbook Guidance on Native Plant Use
To the extent possible, seeds and plants used in restoration, erosion control, burned area stabilization and rehabilitation, forage enhancement and other projects should originate from local sources. Local sources often possess genotypes that are adapted to the local environment, leading to higher short-term and long-term establishment and survival rates. “Local” refers to sources within or as close as possible to the project area and within the same ecological region. (BLM Handbook 1740-2)
One of the goals for the Seeds of Success program is to collect with the purpose of making native seed commercially available to industry for large-scale reclamation use on disturbed pieces of land.
BLM Wyoming reclamation policy requires the use of native plants for restoration on BLM-administered public lands.