Why Does BLM Need a Native Plant Materials Development Program?
The BLM is the largest native seed buyer in the Western Hemisphere, purchasing more than 11 million pounds of native seed between 2004 and 2008, an average of 2.2 million pounds per year. Currently, native seed is not available in the quantity and quality the BLM needs for fire rehabilitation, reclamation and restoration projects. Because of the lack of commercially available native seed, BLM must often use nonnative seed; BLM purchased over 6.6 million pounds of nonnative seed between 2004 - 2008.
BLM Ecoregional Native Plant Programs
Colorado Plateau Native Plant Initiative
Great Basin Native Plant Selection & Increase Project
Plant Material Centers
Meeker Plant Materials Center
Bridger Plant Materials Center