BLM Plant Conservation Program

Washington,  DC 
United States
  • Booth: 739

The right seed in the right place at the right time.

Extreme weather events are increasing in frequency, intensity and impact across the United States. With Hurricanes Irma, Harvey, and Maria in the South, and serious drought conditions and altered fire regimes in the West, landscape architects and restoration ecologists must be able to respond quickly to landscape-scale ecological changes with appropriate native seed resources. The National Seed Strategy for Rehabilitation and Restoration 2015- 2020 provides a plan for restoration of public and private lands at all scales and a coordinated approach for federal, tribal, state, and private entities to develop and deliver genetically appropriate plant materials for restoring resilient native plant communities and sustainable ecosystems. Our mission is to ensure commercial availability of genetically appropriate seed to restore viable and productive plant communities and sustainable ecosystems.

The Business Plan is a companion document to the Strategy designed to encourage private sector cooperation. The plan’s intent is to help agencies & partners direct financial resources to implement the Strategy.


  • National Seed Strategy
    The National Seed Strategy for Rehabilitation & Restoration (2015-2020) guides the development and use of native seed needed for restoration and fosters collaboration among private, tribal, state, local & federal partners....

  • 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.  

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