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The Intersection of Science and Technology Transfer: Reforestation, Nurseries, and Genetic Resources Team

Photo of School teachers sow paintbrush and yucca seeds in the new Cultural Plant Propagation Center at the Moencopi Day School in Tuba City, AZ. Jeremy Pinto, U.S. Department of Agriculture Forest Service.School teachers sow paintbrush and yucca seeds in the new Cultural Plant Propagation Center at the Moencopi Day School in Tuba City, AZ. Jeremy Pinto, U.S. Department of Agriculture Forest Service.Snapshot : The Reforestation, Nurseries, and Genetic Resources (RNGR) Team, established through a Forest Service memorandum of understanding, is tasked with transferring information on native plants, including their collection, propagation, and deployment. RNGR's six-person team is composed of three Forest Service regional nursery specialists, the director of the National Seed Laboratory, and two scientists from the Forest Service’s Rocky Mountain Research Station: Kas Dumroese and Jeremy Pinto. The team’s work over the past decade has resulted in several tribal and agency awards.

Principal Investigators(s) :
Dumroese, KastenPinto, Jeremiah R.
Research Location : National
Research Station : Rocky Mountain Research Station (RMRS)
Year : 2016
Highlight ID : 1157

Summary

The RNGR team ensures that nursery managers, reforestation and restoration specialists, and others in related fields receive timely information. The growers and users of the approximately one billion native plants (grasses, forbs, shrubs, and trees) produced each year in the United States must have the best information to assure that (1) production can be as efficient as possible, (2) outplanting performance justifies costs, and (3) reforestation and restoration plantings meet desired outcomes. This need is especially apparent in underserved communities, such as Native Americans and citizens of the U.S. insular areas (e.g., Puerto Rico, the United States Virgin Islands, and American Samoa). Over the past decade, Forest Service scientists Kas Dumroese and Jeremy Pinto have helped ensure that RNGR projects and programs have a sound scientific foundation and are effectively executed. They are also responsible for producing Forest Nursery Notes. The publication, produced twice a year, synthesizes topical, practical articles for native plant producers, and includes a bibliography of current literature. The quality of these products and the effectiveness of the RNGR team have been recognized through several tribal and Forest Service awards, including the Earle R. Wilcox Award from the Intertribal Timber Council, the Two Chief's Partnership Award, Forest Service Rocky Mountain Research Station’s Outstanding Technology Transfer Publication, National Forest System's Celebrating Wildflowers Award, and the Office of Tribal Relations Professional Excellence Award.

Forest Service Partners

External Partners

  • Carolyn Pike, Northeastern Area State and Private Forestry
  • Diane Haase, Pacific Northwest Region
  • George Hernandez, Southern Region
  • Robert Karrfalt, National Seed Laboratory
  • Tom Landis, Nursery Specialist (emeritus)
  • Daniel J Drummond, University of Georgia