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BLM Plant Conservation Program: Its Role in Sage Grouse Conservation Peggy Olwell BLM Plant Conservation Program Lead Colorado Plateau Native Plant Program.

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1 BLM Plant Conservation Program: Its Role in Sage Grouse Conservation Peggy Olwell BLM Plant Conservation Program Lead Colorado Plateau Native Plant Program Meeting April 8, 2014

2 Overview Native Plant Materials Development Program Sagebrush for Conserving Sage- Grouse Climate Change Interagency Seed Summit 3 rd National Seed Conference (planning stages)

3 FY2001 House Appropriations Conference Report Language “The managers direct the agencies to develop a long-term program to manage and supply native plant materials for use in various Federal land management restoration and rehabilitation needs. The managers recommend that the interagency native plant conservation initiative lead this effort.” Native Plant Materials Development Program Funding committed by DOI/BLM FY2001 – FY2014 ~$70 Million

4 Native Plant Materials Development Process

5 BLM Field Offices Chicago Botanic Garden Interns USDA FS Bend Seed Extractory USDA ARS Western Plant Introduction Station USDA ARS National Center for Genetic Resources Preservation Smithsonian Institution BLM Field Offices Chicago Botanic Garden Interns USDA FS Bend Seed Extractory USDA ARS Western Plant Introduction Station USDA ARS National Center for Genetic Resources Preservation Smithsonian Institution USGS Colorado Plateau Research Station Great Basin Native Plant Project USDA Rocky Mountain Research Station University of Idaho University of Nevada-Reno OSU Malheur Experiment Station University of Utah Rio Mesa Center University of Wyoming USGS Colorado Plateau Research Station Great Basin Native Plant Project USDA Rocky Mountain Research Station University of Idaho University of Nevada-Reno OSU Malheur Experiment Station University of Utah Rio Mesa Center University of Wyoming BLM Seed Warehouse System Boise Regional Seed Warehouse Ely Regional Seed Warehouse Other Partner Seed Warehouses BLM Seed Warehouse System Boise Regional Seed Warehouse Ely Regional Seed Warehouse Other Partner Seed Warehouses BLM Public Land Institute for Applied Ecology Truax Company, Inc. BLM Public Land Institute for Applied Ecology Truax Company, Inc. NRCS Plant Materials Centers Palmer PMC (AK) Tucson PMC (AZ) Lockeford PMC (CA) Upper Colorado PMC Aberdeen PMC (ID) Bridger PMC (MT) Los Lunas PMC (NM) Great Basin PMC (NV) Corvallis PMC (OR) Pullman PMC (WA) Growers Special K Ranch NRCS Plant Materials Centers Palmer PMC (AK) Tucson PMC (AZ) Lockeford PMC (CA) Upper Colorado PMC Aberdeen PMC (ID) Bridger PMC (MT) Los Lunas PMC (NM) Great Basin PMC (NV) Corvallis PMC (OR) Pullman PMC (WA) Growers Special K Ranch Growers State Seed Certifying Agencies Growers State Seed Certifying Agencies

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7 Seeds of Success Collections by REA REACollection Count Central Basin and Range1546 Chihuahuan Desert273 Colorado Plateau789 Madrean Archipelago170 Middle Rockies114 Mojave Basin and Range625 North Slope45 Northern Great Basin1104 Northwestern Great Plains127 Seward Peninsula123 Sonoran Desert272 Southern Great Plains240 Wyoming Basin622

8 StateCollection Count Alaska614 Arizona749 California2277 Colorado887 Idaho623 Montana94 Nevada1528 New Mexico367 Oregon1974 Utah1521 Washington243 Wyoming768 Seeds of Success Collections By State

9 2012 Wildfires in Sage-Grouse Habitat 2 million acres of Sage-Grouse habitat burned Only 400,000 acres rehabilitated 1.6 million acres remain to be rehabilitated

10 Wyoming Big Sagebrush from 13 Locations Planted in Glenns Ferry, ID in 1987 From: Sands, Alan, and Ann Moser ID Fish & Game Report

11 Seeds of Success Sage-Grouse Habitat Collections

12 Sage-Grouse Habitat Conservation & Improvement Projects Across the BLM 99 Projects in Total Across 7 Western States in 41 Field Offices - Native Seed Collection- Post-Fire Seeding - Propagation- Germination Studies - Monitoring- Grow Out 29 Projects with Federal Partners - USGS - Forest Service - NRCS- ARS - BIA- Fish & Wildlife Service 62 Projects with NGO Partners - Mule Deer Foundation- University of WY - Chicago Botanic Garden- Great Basin Institute - NV Sagebrush Ecosystem Council

13 Greater Sage-Grouse Habitat with State & Federal Correctional Facilities

14 National Fish, Wildlife & Plants Climate Adaptation Strategy The Strategy identifies seven goals to help fish, wildlife, plants and ecosystems cope with the impacts of climate change. Goal 2: Manage species and habitats to protect ecosystem functions and provide sustainable cultural, subsistence, recreational, and commercial use in a changing climate. – Strategy 2.3: Conserve genetic diversity by protecting diverse populations and genetic material across the full range of species occurrences.

15 Thank you and Questions


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