The Native Plant Materials project stream seeks to encourage people to interact with native plants in new and unique ways, creating resilient habitats for humans and wildlife along the way.
Native plants and seed promote ecological, economic, and cultural restoration at their roots. From building soil fertility, to supporting pollinator communities, to reimagining foodsheds through ethonobotanical study, the incredible breadth of coordinated study and practice in this field all converges on one idea: that our communities, both human and wild, depend on biodiversity for their long-term sustainability.
Habitat Restoration In Action
Although using native plant materials that can be sourced to their origins is important when factoring in the successful genetics for surviving the wild, which vary from site to site, truly effective restoration depends on the integration of these plants into the landscape using complementary methods and approaches. When paired with rock and wood structures that stabilize wet or dry systems, plants effectively knit the landscape together and root our work in place. Together, the parts integrate to increase moisture levels, support wildlife and humans, and mitigate the potentially disastrous effects of changing climate regimes. Explore the work of our partners:
The Borderlands Restoration Native Plant Program
Through years of field observation, nursery propagation, native seed banking, and revegetation practice, Borderlands Restoration has developed a systematic approach to producing and evaluating native species for their restoration value. Our plant and seed offerings are strategically chosen to support the foundation of strong food webs that ripple out to provide maximum benefit for habitat and wildlife. Today, horticultural staff have worked with over 1,400 species and are experimenting with revegetation and production techniques at our field sites. The knowledge and materials produced by the BR Seed Lab and Native Plant Nursery benefit a large network of NGOs, agencies, and individuals that spans the entire region.