Native plants are valued for their economic, ecological, genetic, and aesthetic benefits in addition to their intrinsic value as living species. The use of native plant material (seeds, cuttings, plants) in vegetation projects plays an important role in the maintenance and restoration of native plant gene pools, communities, and ecosystems, and can help reverse the trend of species loss in North America.
A genetic study to develop seed zones for blue wildrye, an important native grass restoration species in the western United States. Seed zones help land managers make informed decisions in selecting plant materials that will be adapted to local climates and planting site conditions.
Native California poppy seed production area. Native plant species are increasing being utilized on federal lands to restore native ecosystems and mitigate the effects of wildfire and other types of disturbances. Photo by Shelley Ellis, Bureau of Land Management.