Friday's Findings - September 24 2021

Release Date:

National Seed Strategy Progress Report 2015-2020

Date: September 24, 2021 from 2-2:30 p.m. eastern time

Speaker: Molly Mccormick, RAMPS Coordinator/Ecologist, USGS Southwest Biological Science Center

 

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A group of people stand around a map laid out in the back of a truck while on a field trip.

RAMPS met with DOI Office of Wildland Fire, US Customs and Border Patrol, and US Fish & Wildlife Service staff at Buenos Aires National Wildlife Refuge in southern AZ last November. The group is developing tools to reduce wildfire risk, conserve wildlife habitat and natural resources, and increase safety and security of border operations. Find out more here. Photo credit: Chester/USFWS (Credit: Molly McCormick, USGS. Public domain.)

Summary: To restore and enhance healthy plant communities and sustainable ecosystems across America’s lands and waterways in the face of fires, floods, and other impacts from climate change, Federal agencies, Tribes, and non-federal partners are building the supply of native seeds for restoration and rehabilitation for the benefit of Americans and the plant and animal species that depend on them. Native plants are nature-based solutions and the true green infrastructure that support water, wildlife, and our quality of life. Native plants are key to a restoration economy that engages our next generation of farmers, conservation professionals, scientists and land managers. Like timber, native plants and our Nation’s native seed resources are critical natural resources to be recognized, valued, protected, and managed. The National Seed Strategy, created in 2015 by the Plant Conservation Alliance, is a public-private collaboration whose mission is to increase the supply of native seeds for restoration projects to ensure ecosystem resilience and the health and prosperity of future generations. As America builds back better, the National Seed Strategy is needed now more than ever.  The progress made implementing the National Seed Strategy is helping to meet an increasing demand for seed to restore plant communities altered by natural or human-caused events on both public and private lands. In the past 5 years of implementing the National Seed Strategy, the scientific knowledge gained has worked to reduce erosion, reduce the spread of non-native invasive plants and promoted productivity and biodiversity of plant and animal communities. Through increased coordination and communication between the private and public sector, the pace and scale of restoration will be accelerated. This presentation will describe the National Seed Strategy and present the 2015-2020 Progress Report, including highlighting USGS science that has been instrumental in meeting The Seed Strategy’s vision of getting the right seed in the right place at the right time.

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