United State's Seeds of Success Playing a Major Role
Seeds of Success, the United States's native seed collection program for restoration, has played a significant role in helping Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew reach its 1 billionth seed stored in the Millennium Seed Bank (MSB). The Seeds of Success program, managed by the Bureau of Land Management, contributed almost 70 million native U.S. seeds to the MSB over a 7 year cooperative effort.
In addition to the 70 million seeds sent to MSB, Seeds of Success, has collected an additional 740 million native U.S. seeds for domestic conservation and restoration efforts. Seeds of Success has 35 collecting teams working throughout the country, making over 3,000 native U.S. seed collections. BLM is developing native plant materials with the U.S. Forest Service, Agricultural Research Service, Natural Resources Conservation Service, and U.S. National Plant Germplasm System.
In total, Seeds of Success has collected over 810,000,000 seeds, and with continued support from the Plant Conservation Alliance, 1 billion is right around the corner here in the United States.
The MSB's goal of 30,000 species is well within reach, as the U.S. has contributed 2,000 species alone.
The goal of the U.S. seed collection program is to provide native plant materials for efforts such as; restoration of wildlife habitat, rehabilitation after fire, and reclamation for energy development sites.
For more information regarding Seeds of Success's efforts please visit the website at: www.nps.gov/plant/sos or contact Mary Byrne at 202-912-7233.
Last Updated: 29-Jul-2009