AOSCA agencies offer pre-variety germplasm certification for indigenous or non-indigenous trees, shrubs, wildflowers, vines, and herbaceous plants such as grasses and forbs. These services assure the proper identity and purity of native and naturalized plants that are needed to revegetate, restore, improve, or stabilize wild land plant communities.
Wildland collection supplies a significant portion of the seed used in rangeland revegetation efforts in response to wildfires, planned projects, and sage grouse habitat improvement. Wildland collectors follow strict permitting and harvesting protocols on private, federal, and state lands.
Large-scale natural and human-caused ecosystem disturbances generate a voluminous demand for native plant reproductive materials intended for restoration, revegetation and stabilization of natural communities.
AOSCA has implemented certification requirements and standards that accommodate plant germplasm of native grasses, forbs and woody plants.
AOSCA seed certification agencies (acting as a third party) require seed collectors/producers to follow established requirements, procedures and standards to assure seed native plant restoration, revegetation and stabilization identity and purity for the consumer.
The AOSCA publication “How AOSCA Tracks Wildland Sourced Seed” is available here.