A look at best practices and recommendations in seeding for restoration.

The U.S. Forest Service, Oregon State University, and the Conservation Biology Institute have launched a free web-based decision-support tool to help natural resource managers match seedlots (seed collections from a known origin) with planting sites based on climatic information.  The new web-based mapping application, called the Seedlot Selection Tool (SST), can be used to map either current climates or future climates based on selected climate scenarios.

This document discusses riparian restoration lessons learned by the Dolores River Restoration Partnership over the last five years. Working across two states, four Bureau of Land Management offices, and five counties, the Partnership has had a number of successes, total failures, and projects somewhere in the middle. 

The document is organized into key revegetation components, including:

Passive versus active revegetation Site selection Species size and selection Planting and seeding Maintenance 

This article describes the benefit of using a diverse suite of species in restoration activities and the research that is being conducted to breed plants for desirable seed production and planting traits. 

National Seed Strategy for Rehabilitation and Restoration 2015-2020 is designed to provide a more coordinated approach among tribal, state, federal, local and private entities, including commercial growers, to restoring plant communities. 

The Native Seed Network is a resource for both the restoration community and the native seed industry, providing powerful search tools and information on all aspects of native seed.

Following the eradication of invasive phreatophytes on floodplain areas in the Southwest, plant establishment by direct seeding is problematic on many sites because of deep water tables, fine-textured saline soils, aridity, and no flooding potential. Techniques to maximize success with direct seeding on these sites include appropriate species and ecotype selections, seeding depth control, and mulch application. An overview of seedbed ecology is presented to elucidate the factors that control germination and establishment in arid regions.

This document offers resources for selecting native plant species and appropriate seed sources to revegetate degraded lands in the state and region.