As one of the world’s 36 biodiversity hotspots, California has an extraordinary concentration of species found nowhere else on Earth. Growing climate impacts like extreme wildfire, flooding, and drought—along with development—put those species at risk of extinction. In fact, California has the highest concentration of imperiled plants in the nation. To ensure the integrity of our ecosystems and prevent extinction, we need native seed for restoration and land management. However, native seed stock is insufficient to meet the demand. That’s why we need the California Native Seed Strategy.
What Is the Strategy?
The California Native Seed Strategy is based on the National Native Seed Strategy and was informed by the Nevada Native Seed Strategy. The California Native Seed Strategy aims to revitalize native seed supply by addressing the policy, grants, and contracts, capacity, collaboration, science, and technology needed to get the right seed in the right place at the right time.
Who Developed It?
CNPS developed the California Native Seed Strategy with guidance from the California Seed Strategy Steering Committee. The steering committee members include representatives from:
- The National Park Service
- US Fish and Wildlife Service
- California Department of Food and Agriculture
- California Department of Fish and Wildlife
- Bureau of Land Management
- non-profit and industry partners, and more.
What Are the Goals?
The Strategy has four main goals:
- Identify Native Seed Needs and Ensure the Reliability of Genetically Appropriate Seed
- Improve Guidelines and Identify Research Needs for Native Seed Production and Use
- Develop Tools that Enable Native Seed Producers and Users to Make Timely, Informed Decisions
- Develop Strategies and Tools for Communication
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