Native Seed Shortage Slowing Land Restoration, Crucial For Tackling Climate

"Spring is planting time for home gardeners, landscapers and public works agencies across the U.S. And there’s rising demand for native plants – species that are genetically adapted to the specific regions where they are used.

Native plants have evolved with local climates and soil conditions. As a result, they generally require less maintenance, such as watering and fertilizing, after they become established, and they are hardier than non-native species.

Many federal, state and city agencies rank native plants as a first choice for restoring areas that have been disturbed by natural disasters or human activities like mining and development. Repairing damaged landscapes is a critical strategy for slowing climate change and species loss.

But there’s one big problem: There aren’t enough native seeds. This issue is so serious that it was the subject of a recent report from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine. The study found an urgent need to build a native seed supply."

Julia Kuzovkina and John Campanelli report for States Newsroom April 5, 2023.


"An Assessment of Native Seed Needs and the Capacity for Their Supply: Final Report" (NASEM)

Source: States Newsroom, 04/05/2023