Not long ago, Kevin Grady, assistant research professor of forestry at Northern Arizona University, was involved in the emergency response to a 30,000-acre wildfire. Land managers he worked with wanted to jump-start restoration immediately. Grady figured covering that many acres with plants would require 90 semi-trailer trucks full of seeds—seeds that weren’t easy to find. He… Read more
After a wildfire or other event that destroys large areas of trees and other vegetation, land managers typically try to restore the land by planting seeds available through warehouses operated by the U.S. Department of the Interior’s Bureau of Land Management (BLM). The warehouses store millions of pounds of seeds chosen based on what the BLM predicts will be needed each year.
Failure… Read more