Monday, June 3 • 1:00pm - 1:25pm
Texas Native Seeds Program: Development of Ecotypic Native Seeds Selections for Texas LIMITED

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The Texas Natives Seeds Program (TNS) is a statewide collaborative initiative working to develop ecotypic native seed supply for use in large scale restoration and reclamation projects.  The primary focus of TNS is collecting native seed germplasm, identifying suitable restoration populations of common prairie and grassland species, and ultimately, increasing and licensing these seed selections for commercial seed production.   Seed source development research is done at numerous evaluation sites across Texas, organized in six project regions. Projects operated as part of TNS include the Coastal Prairie Native Seed Project, South Texas Natives, the Central Texas Native Seed Project, East Texas Natives, the West Texas Native Seed Project, and the Permian Basin-Panhandle Native Seed Project. TNS' work is primarily focused on enabling native plant restoration in association with large scale land impacts in Texas, especially energy sprawl, transportation, and private land based- wildlife habitat restoration, non-native pasture conversion, and prairie restoration on former croplands.  The program has had considerable impacts toward enabling the use of native plants on state highway rights of way, in the pipeline industry, and for cropland to prairie conversion.  Since 2001, TNS, and its original project, South Texas Natives, have commercialized 40 species of native grassland plants for restoration use.  Additional species are being developed in each project region, including a wide variety of native grasses, pollinator plants, and forbs and legumes.


Forrest Smith

Caesar Kleberg Wildlife Research Institute

Monday June 3, 2019 1:00pm - 1:25pm
Room 1510, The Garden Room

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