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322 East Front Street
Boise, ID, 83702
United States


Providing the knowledge and technology required to improve the availability of native plant materials for restoring diverse native plant communities across the Great Basin.



January -May 2016 Webinar Series


Sagebrush Seedlings and Plantings

  • Sagebrush seed processing and production, Clark Fleege, USFS
  • Introduction to the target plant concept, Anthony Davis, U of I, and Jeremiah Pinto, USFS RMRS
  • SW Idaho native seed collection, use, and development, Ben Dyer and Danelle Nance, BLM
  • Shrub planting as a viable tool in rehabilitation, Heidi Newsome, USFWS

Selecting and Maintaining Genetic Diveristy

  • Using seed zones to select genetically appropriate plant materials, Holly Prendeville, USFS
  • Producing native plant materials for restoration: Ten rules to collect and maintain genetic diversity, Andrea Kramer, Chicago Botanic Garden
  • Sagebrush seed zones/verification of subspecies from seed samples, Bryce Richardson, USFS RMRS

Pollinators and Insect Predators

  • Importance of plant chemicals and their use in identifying species and subspecies of sagebrush, Justin Runyon, USFS RMRS
  • Pollinating insects research, James Cane, ARS
  • Pollinating insects research, Byron Love, ARS (Upcoming)
  • Seed predators and forb diseases, Bob Hammon, Tri River Extension Area, CO (Upcoming)

January-May 2015 Webinar Series


Seed Zones

  • The development and use of seed zones - Andy Bower

Seed Collection, Seed Increase, and Purchasing Tools

  • Wildland seed collection - Kayla Herrimen
  • Procurement and application of native plant material in the BLM - Paul Krabacher

Restoration Equipment and Seeding Strategies

  • Increasing broadcast seeding success - Jeff Ott
  • Vegetation restoration in response to pinon and juniper control treatments - Bruce Roundy
  • Assisted succession - context and tools - Jerry Benson
  • Evaluating strategies for increasing native plant diversity in crested wheatgrass seedings - Kent McAdoo
  • Spray-on biological crusts - Jayne Belnap

Increasing Diversity in Seed Mixes

  • Increasing integration of pollinator-friendly forbs in wildland restoration - Byron Love
  • NRCS role in developing native plant materials for federal land - Derek Tilley
  • Using field studies to find the most promising seed sources for restoration - Beth Leger

Weather Variability and Proactive Planning for Restoration

  • Weather variability and forecasting tools for short and long-term restoration planning - Stuart Hardegree
  • Climate, weather, and sagebrush seed sources - experimental insights on challenges and opportunities - Matt Germino
  • Seed zones and climate change - Francis Kilkenny

Drill Comparisons for Seeding in the Great Basin


Dec 18, 2013

Presenter: Jeff Ott, Research Botanist, USFS Rocky Mountain Research Station, Boise, ID

The rangeland drill has proved useful for seeding perennial plants following fire in the Intermountain West. Developments such as multiple seed boxes and drill-broadcasting units have allowed greater use of native plants for post-fire seeding, and soil disturbance can now be reduced through minimum-till drills.