The “National Seed Strategy for Rehabilitation and Restoration 2015-2020” (Strategy) provides a more coordinated approach for stabilization, rehabilitation, and restoration treatments. It provides a framework for actively working with the private sector in order to build a “seed industry” for rehabilitation and restoration. This will help address future challenges so that we, as a Nation, will be better prepared to respond appropriately to largescale disturbances and other stressors that threaten important plant communities and the ecosystem services they provide on Federal, state, local, and private land. These stressors include the spread of invasive plant species, altered wildfire regimes, habitat modification, land overuse, and climate change.
This Strategy recognizes the importance of healthy native plant communities as an essential foundation for ecosystem integrity and diversity. Healthy native plant communities create habitat for animals; provide ecosystem services that sustain people, their communities, and their economies; and have intrinsic and irreplaceable biotic value that will become increasingly important in the future.