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Kemmerer Field Office
Release Date: 07/06/11
Contacts: Shelley Gregory    

BLM Kemmerer Field Office Plans "Seeds of Success" Effort

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Kemmerer Field Office (KFO) is planning to collect native plant seeds for the second year as part of the BLM’s Seeds of Success (SOS) program. The first seed collecting effort this year will be in the Church Buttes area, eight miles southwest of Granger, Wyo., from July 11 through 13.

The Church Buttes area is undergoing oil and gas development and native seeds may be needed for reclamation purposes in the future. BLM employees and the Rocky Mountain Youth Corps will be collecting up to eight species, including fleabane, goldenweed and buckwheat, by hand. With a crew of 8-10, an estimated 10,000 seeds can sometimes be collected in just a few hours.

SOS is a part of the Native Plant Materials Development Program established by Congress in 2001 after the severe wildfire seasons of 1999 and 2000. Native forb, grass and shrub seeds are collected primarily from BLM land for long-term storage and use in conservation and reclamation. Native seeds are beneficial because they provide genetic diversity and ecological resilience and can also compete better with non-native species and weeds as many parts of the country are being affected by climate change, wildfire and drought.

SOS has over 8,163 native seed collections and gathers between 400 and 600 types of wild land seed annually. BLM SOS collections represent 10 percent of the species in the western U.S. stored in the international Millennium Seed Bank. More information on the BLM Wyoming Plant Conservation Program and SOS can be found at and

For more information, please contact Marion Mahaffey, KFO natural resource specialist, at 307-828-4543 or

The BLM manages more than 245 million acres of public land, the most of any Federal agency. This land, known as the National System of Public Lands, is primarily located in 12 Western states, including Alaska. The BLM also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. The BLM's mission is to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of America’s public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations. In Fiscal Year 2015, the BLM generated $4.1 billion in receipts from activities occurring on public lands.

Kemmerer Field Office   312 Highway 189 North      Kemmerer WY 83101  

Last updated: 07-06-2011