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National Seed Strategy for Rehabilitation and Restoration

Alexis Malcomb

Here are a couple of news articles covering the National Seed Strategy for Rehabilitation and Restoration, click on the links to read the full article text and view any accompanying photos or videos. Additionally, you can find the official press release here:



What grows after natural disasters? U.S. plants new idea to restore landscapes
LA Times // John M. Glionna // August 17, 2015

Peggy Olwell has seen her share of forest fires, hurricanes and other natural disasters. She knows all too well what errant Mother Nature can do. The career botanist has watched Western wildfires scorch the earth and scary-high winds wipe coastal landscapes clean. She also has seen what happens to native plants. And when it's time to replant, there are rarely enough native seeds on hand. Conservationists introduce nonnative species in hopes of jump-starting damaged ecosystems.


Agencies already working on rehabilitation of Soda Fire’s burned landscape
Idaho Statesman // Rocky Barker // August 17, 2015

The wind-whipped Soda Fire burned through the lives and businesses of ranch families in Owyhee County as it crossed 200,000 acres of sage-grouse habitat. Volunteers and neighbors are reaching out to help those who lost livestock and grazing land in the short term. Even before the smoke has cleared, federal officials are looking at longer-term assistance. “A good deal of this help will come in the form of restoration,” said Steve Ellis, Bureau of Land Management deputy director. “Having the right seed in the right place at the right time makes a major difference,” Ellis said. The shortage of seeds has been identified as a major issue by the U.S. Department of Fish and Wildlife, which will decide in September whether sage grouse listing as an endangered species is not warranted because of the collective actions of the federal government, 11 states and private interests. The strategy outlines focused research, improvements in seed production and new restoration technology to increase genetically appropriate, locally adapted seed.



Interior Department sets seed strategy to restore damaged land
Agri-Pulse // August 17, 2015

The Interior Department released a National Seed Strategy to restore wildlife landscapes, especially for land damaged by rangeland fires, as well as invasive species, severe storms and drought. The strategy, developed in partnership with the Plant Conservation Alliance and USDA, emphasizes the importance of planting appropriate seeds to help grow plant life and pollinator habitat. “Having the right seed in the right place at the right time makes a major difference in the health of our landscapes,” said Interior Secretary Sally Jewell. “This is a collaborative effort to ensure that we're taking a landscape level approach to supporting lands that are more resilient to drought, intense fires and invasive species.” American Seed Trade Association Chair Risa DeMasi said the strategy is focused on research in identifying appropriate, regionally adapted species, and developing protocols “that can successfully restore the thousands of acres of land impacted by wildfires,” particularly in Oregon, Washington, Idaho and California.


New national seed strategy aims to make burned lands more resilient
Spokesman Review // Betsy Z Russell // August 17, 2015

Even as fires ravage landscapes across the west, restoration crews already are on the ground amid the smoke, starting work on plans to reseed and rehabilitate the burned wildlands. “There’s an urgent need,” said Tim Murphy, Idaho state director of the U.S. Bureau of Land Management. That need has prompted an array of federal and state agencies to partner with hundreds of groups, from commercial seed producers to garden clubs, research universities to ranchers, to launch a new “National Seed Strategy for Rehabilitation and Restoration” today, aimed at not only restoring burned landscapes across the west, but making them more resilient before the next fire hits.


Agencies finalize strategy to source seed for rehab projects
E&E // Tiffany Stecker // August 17, 2015

An alliance of federal agencies, seed companies and organizations are rolling out a five-year plan to better source seeds to rehabilitate lands ravages by wildfire, floods and other natural disasters. In an event in Boise, Idaho, today, the Plant Conservation Alliance, led by the Bureau of Land Management, announced a plan to mobilize the public, private and nonprofit sectors to ensure a steady supply of conservation seed, an increasingly important commodity to protect natural vegetation and provide habitat for imperiled species like the sage grouse and pollinators. "Large, disturbed areas must be replanted quickly to avoid severe erosion or colonization by nonnative invasive plants," said BLM Deputy Director Steve Ellis in prepared remarks. "In many cases, it has been difficult to obtain and deliver adequate quantities of the appropriate seed to meet a region's particular need."


Feds plan to gather tons of seeds from native plants to protect land after natural disasters
AP // Keith Ridler // August 17, 2015

Federal authorities announced a plan Monday to produce massive quantities of seeds from native plants so they can be quickly planted to help the land recover from natural disasters such as wildfires and hurricanes. The program will make landscapes more resilient and healthier, especially Western rangelands where massive wildfires have been an increasing problem, the U.S. Department of the Interior said. Officials hope to create a national network of seed collectors, growers and storage facilities so that enough native seeds will be available immediately after disasters to avoid erosion and prevent invasive species from moving in.

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