[SOS-PCA] SOS Call Notes

Haidet, Margaret MAHaidet at blm.gov
Thu Jun 28 15:46:22 CDT 2012

The next SOS call will be on Tuesday, July 10th.

SOS Monthly Call

June 5, 2012

There were 20 participants on the call.

What is a native, wild land seed collection?

*         A population is group of individuals living within the same collection site, continuous in range and generally uniform in appearance

*         This population should be as wild as possible - what does that mean?  Remember we are trying to capture genetic diversity of species useful for restoration.  Talk to some of the land managers in your office, the fire folks, range management specialist, NRCS, etc. get an idea for what areas may have been recently altered.  If you are collecting from an area that has been re-seeded with grass, but you are collecting forbs, you are ok.  Roadsides are classic areas that are likely to have been reseeded.

*         Communication will be the best tool to figure out the history of the landscape

Question:  What is the lowest limit of number of seed that should be sent in to Bend?

Answer:   An ideal SOS collection contains 10,000-20,000 seed.  Please try your best to accurately estimate (if not underestimate) the amount of seed collected.  Do not pool seed from multiple years into one collection.   If collectors encounter extremely small populations of common species, because it is a drought year, please let Megan Haidet know.

Most common mistakes when filling out the data sheet

Collection reference number - Begin where your office left off last year, do not start over at 1,

If your office is contracting a partner to collection, please contact SOS National Office to


Location details

Provide driving/hiking directions from some point (your office, a notable intersection, etc.) to the population where collection occurred


                Examples include: desert, mountain, hillside, swamp, dune, plain, valley, beach, canyon,

                OR had a good sheet of standard landform descriptors - look up

                Associated Species

                                Always provide scientific name, not common name

                                Provide enough species to get a picture of the plant community

                                Non-native species can be listed here

Update from Bend:

*         Do not send any plants that are on a noxious plant lists.  Check the USDA PLANTS site for noxious status.  Even if this plant is not noxious in your state, we need to keep all noxious seed from entering the Bend Seed Extractory.

*         Bend has been closed for processing in the month of June.  Processing seed lots will start again in July.

*         No pest strips are for all grass seed lots that are shipped to Bend.  People should be using gloves when cutting the strips or removing from the containers and placing into lot collection bags.  It does have an insecticide and should be handled appropriately.  A single layer of newspaper between the strip and the seed is allowed.

Megan Haidet
Seeds of Success
National Collection Curator

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