Great Basin Native Plant
Selection and Increase Project
This multi-state, collaborative research project was
initiated in 2001 by the USDI BLM Great Basin
Restoration Initiative and the USDA FS RMRS's Grassland, Shrubland and
Desert Ecosystem Research Program. Major objectives are to improve the
availability of native plant materials and to provide the knowledge and
technology required for their use in restoring diverse native plant
communities across the Great Basin. More than 20 federal, state, and private
cooperators are involved in this project.
- Increase the availability of native plant materials,
particularly forbs, for restoring disturbed Great Basin rangelands.
- Provide an understanding of species variability and
potential response to climate change; develop seed transfer guidelines.
- Develop seed technology and cultural practices for
producing native seed in agricultural settings.
- Collaborate with seed regulatory agencies and the
private seed industry to improve native seed supplies.
- Examine interactions of native restoration species
and exotic invasives to aid in formulating seeding prescriptions.
- Develop application strategies and technologies to
improve the establishment of native seedings.
- Develop demonstration areas, manuals, popular
publications and websites to facilitate application of research results.