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STEPS 3 and 4: Field Establishment and Seed Production

This is the initial step in developing a crop of ecoregionally adapted seed from wild-collected seed. Producing stock seed for growers requires increasing the amount of seed under stringent agricultural and environmental conditions to ensure production of high quality, genetically diverse seed.

Native seed stock is given to growers for large-scale seed production. The seed is available commercially to both the public and private sectors for repairing damaged ecosystems, such as post fire rehabilitation, reclamation after energy development, or restoration of fish, wildlife, and plant habitats.