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322 East Front Street
Boise, ID, 83702
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Providing the knowledge and technology required to improve the availability of native plant materials for restoring diverse native plant communities across the Great Basin.

Selecting and Maintaining Genetic Diversity

 
 

The Great Basin-Native Plant Project and Fire Science Exchange, the BLM Plant Conservation Program, the US Forest Service Rocky Mountain Research Station, and the Society for Ecological Restoration Great Basin Chapter are excited to bring you this webinar series on seeding and restoration that will provide an opportunity to highlight and discuss current research, case-studies, and tools that help inform applied restoration opportunities throughout the Great Basin. These webinars are free and open to the public. We encourage the participation of resource professionals, managers, cooperators, and partners interested in broadening the discussion of how these tools are relevant to sustaining our restoration investments at both ecological and economical scales. Please visit the Great Basin Fire Science Exchange website (www.gbfiresci.org) for current and past webinar series.


 

Goal one of the National Seed Strategy is to have available and use genetically appropriate seed for restoration. Holly Prendeville, Research Geneticist, USFS PNW, Corvallis, Oregon, explains provisional and empirical seed zones and discusses tools available that allow us to use seed zones to select genetically appropriate plant materials for restoration.

Given the limited resources for restoration, recognizing areas where the climate will be favorable in sustaining big sagebrush will be important as climate warming is realized. Bryce Richardson, Research Geneticist, USFS RMRS, Provo, UT, discusses the climatic considerations for sagebrush subspecies and what native plants could potentially fill the void left by sagebrush in the upcoming decades as parts of the Great Basin transition to Mojave desert.

Given the limited resources for restoration, recognizing areas where the climate will be favorable in sustaining big sagebrush will be important as climate warming is realized. Bryce Richardson, Research Geneticist, USFS RMRS, Provo, UT, discusses the climatic considerations for sagebrush subspecies and what native plants could potentially fill the void left by sagebrush in the upcoming decades as parts of the Great Basin transition to Mojave desert.