Arkansas Workshop


Tools for Keeping our Natural Areas Resilient:  Developing Native Seed Resources and Managing for Pollinators

May 7 and 8, 2019


Land managers, ecologists, and other experts from around the region toured natural areas and restoration sites and learned about the Arkansas Native Seed Program, a statewide partnership working to develop commercially available ecoregional-genotype seed resources.  Workshop leaders explained how the program functions: volunteers collect seeds from remnant natural areas, partners in private industry propagate plants, and local farmers multiply seeds in propagation fields and sell them on the open market.  Workshop participants also discussed considerations for pollinators in management of natural areas.

A Video by Theo Witsell, Cheif of the Arkansas Natural Heritage Commission and one of the workshop leaders. 

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