[PCA] New Report and Public Webinar: An Assessment of the Need for Native Seeds and the Capacity for Their Supply

Park, Margaret E margaret_park at fws.gov
Thu Nov 5 11:19:09 CST 2020

The bust and boom nature of the demand for native seed contributes to a volatile market already challenged by the sheer diversity of native seed needed to address restoration projects in many different geographies and climates across the United States. Native plant seed is needed not only after disasters but also to improve the resilience of natural landscapes, including overgrazed land, roadsides, and stream valleys. Native seed are increasingly sought for “green” infrastructure projects in urban areas and by advocates for wildlife, including native pollinators, to create the critical, diverse plant habitats that provide food and shelter.  This report provides a broad overview of the demand for and supply of native plants seeds and poses questions about the reasons for native seed shortages that lead to the use of less locally-adapted seed, including non-native plant seeds. The report sets the stage for a second data-collection phase, about to begin.

The interim report is available NOW from the National Academies Press.  Read or download the report here: https://www.nap.edu/catalog/25859/an-assessment-of-the-need-for-native-seeds-and-the-capacity-for-their-supply.

 A public webinar and Q&A session will be held on Friday, November 13 from 12:30-1:30 pm EST.  Register for the webinar: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/an-assessment-of-native-seed-needs-and-capacities-interim-report-webinar-tickets-125369067255<https://gcc02.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.eventbrite.com%2Fe%2Fan-assessment-of-native-seed-needs-and-capacities-interim-report-webinar-tickets-125369067255&data=04%7C01%7Cmargaret_park%40fws.gov%7Ca1fc935d6e074f78eb4a08d881ae1d5a%7C0693b5ba4b184d7b9341f32f400a5494%7C0%7C0%7C637401932106770560%7CUnknown%7CTWFpbGZsb3d8eyJWIjoiMC4wLjAwMDAiLCJQIjoiV2luMzIiLCJBTiI6Ik1haWwiLCJXVCI6Mn0%3D%7C1000&sdata=hokI0YXnmXZzn8MNEbBMjUFFIf8RWa5nbMtmSWWW3Kg%3D&reserved=0>.  The webinar will be recorded but please register to  be notified when it is posted.

In addition to the November 13 public session, Dr. Kay Havens (Senior Director of Ecology and Conservation and Senior Scientist at Chicago Botanic Garden), a member of the Assessment committee and Chair of the non-federal PCA committee, will briefly report on the phase 2 data-collection plan and opportunities for PCA Collaborators to provide input at the PCA meeting on Wednesday, November 18, 2020 (2-4 pm EST).

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