Native Seed Production Tools to Procure, Increase and Distribute Source Identified Seed via Seed Transfer Zones at an Ecoregional Scale in the Western, U.S.

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Anne S. Halford, Ricardo Galvan, Kayla Herriman, and Barry Schrumpf

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The United Nations Sustainable Development Goal 15 covers the period from 2020 to 2030 calling for an increase in funding and native plant materials to implement projects to restore ecosystems and reverse land degradation and biodiversity loss. Globally, however, a shortage of native plant material still exists, frequently precluding successful restoration efforts. Providing seed supply chain options through seed selection and procurement programs relies on information sharing and coordination in project planning to increase the availability of native seed. A seed acquisition model in the Western US is helping to meet long-term Source Identified native seed needs necessary to create diverse, resilient systems to adapt to climate change and environmental disturbances. The Native Grass and Forb Seed Increase Indefinite Delivery Indefinite Quantity (IDIQ) Contract is designed to provide restoration practitioners with genetically appropriate native seed by Seed Transfer Zone (STZ). The seed development process begins with seed collections made using the Seeds of Success protocol. This seed is processed, stored, managed, and sent out for certification through the BLM’s partnership with the US Forest Service Bend Seed Extractory and the Oregon State Seed Certification Program. These Source Identified seed lots are then distributed to a vendor for seed increase. Since the inception of this seed procurement tool in 2019 vendors have been awarded over 5 million USD in seed production contracts and seed lots are planned for delivery starting in 2021.

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