For several years, IBG collaborated with the Bureau of Land Management on its Native Plant Conservation Initiative Program on three separate projects in southwest Idaho and southeast Oregon.
IDAHO – 2010-2017:
IBG collected native forb, grass, and shrub seed for the Idaho Bureau of Land Management Seeds of Success Program. Objectives were to collect seed from common, and several rare, species, either for long-term seed banking or for rangeland restoration. Selected species were grown at IBG for outplanting on public lands in need of restoration. Data such as GPS location, soils, site description, associated species, and population condition and assessment, were recorded at each site. A vouchered plant collection was taken, as are habitat, plant and seed photos. Since 2010, more than 80 seed collections have been made and thousands of plants have been grown. For more information on this national program, Click Here »
All IBG-grown seedlings were planted on public lands degraded by range fires, non-native plant invasion and livestock overgrazing. Propagation data records were kept and published when possible in the Native Plant Network’s propagation protocol database http://www.nativeplantnetwork.org/
Similar to the work in Idaho, IBG assited the Vale District Office of the Bureau of Land Management in 2011. In addition to seed collection, we also grew black cottonwoods for riparian restoration. Oregon seed collections were either retained by the district office for restoration purposes or placed in a long-term seed bank. Because the Seeds of Success Program is national, protocols and procedures are the same as described above for Idaho.