Research & Databasing
Our research activities focus on refining best practices for restoration in the Madrean Archipelago. This is accomplished through careful design, data collection, monitoring and reporting carried out by horticulturists, practitioners, and regional alliances such as the Sky Island Restoration Cooperative (SIRC).
BR is home to the premier database in the Madrean Archipelago for tracking native seeds throughout the restoration process. The database currently holds 4 years worth of data on native seed collection, propagation, and establishment, and is openly available for viewing by partners, researchers, horticulturists, and other interested parties.
Thanks to support from the National Park Service, we began native seed grow-outs in the field adjacent to the nursery in the summer of 2016. Fifteen pollinator species were planted in land rented from Native Seeds SEARCH, with the specific aim of collecting their seeds. These plantings will be continually refreshed with wild material in future years to preserve genetic integrity and manage the selection pressures of an agricultural setting. We are currently studying the establishment and seed production potential of multiple species of Asclepias crucial for pollinator health, including Asclepias asperula, Asclepias latifolia, Asclepias linaria, and Asclepias texana. We aim to evaluate the economic viability of “boutique-scale” native seed production while increasing seed provision services to mid-scale purchasers such as National Parks.