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Mojave Seed Menus: a new spatial tool for restoration software release v1.0

March 28, 2022

Mojave Seed Menus is a spatial decision-support tool designed to
help land managers create suitable seed mixes for restoration sites,
such as a burned area or other mapped spatial feature. The application
provides coverage for the Mojave Desert ecoregion.
Seed menus are based on a combination of habitat suitability models for
50 priority restoration plant species. Species are selected based on
their ability to provide food and cover for Mojave Desert wildlife, such
as the federally protected desert tortoise (Gopherus agassizii), and
to support a diverse community of pollinators. Additionally, the
species selections include foundational species that promote overall
community recovery from disturbance by providing favorable microsites,
such as creosote bush (Larrea tridentata) and the Joshua tree (Yucca
brevifolia).
When spatially overlaid, the combined habitat models indicate which
plant species are likely to successfully occupy a given site and could
therefore be targeted for inclusion in seed mixes. The application may
be periodically updated with habitat suitability models for additional
native species.