The Great Basin Native Plant Project
The Great Basin Native Plant Project (GBNPP) seeks to increase the availability of genetically appropriate native plant materials and to provide the knowledge and technology required for their use in restoring diverse native plant communities across the Great Basin. The Plant Conservation Program of the U.S. Department of Interior’s Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and the Grassland, Shrubland, and Desert Ecosystem Research Program of the Forest Service’s Rocky Mountain Research Station initiated this multi-state, collaborative research project in 2001.
Researchers with the GBNPP focus on genetics, species-specific seed zones, rapid testing and provisional seed zones, and the establishment of a common garden network to assess the suitability of native seeds for different climates. The most robust seeds become the foundation for restoration projects to rebuild ecosystems after big wildfires, such as those currently wiping out vast sagebrush expanses in Nevada, Idaho and Utah. The GBNPP also focuses on sharing knowledge about successful seeding of native species with land managers. Scientists report findings through publications such as annual reports, plant guides, journal articles, and brochures, as well as through face-to-face workshops and conferences with scientists and managers. National success continues through a nationwide network of native seed collectors, a network of farmers and growers working to develop seed, a network of nurseries and seed storage facilities to supply adequate quantities of appropriate seed, and a network of restoration ecologists who know how to put the right seed in the right place at the right time.
Forest Service Partners