Restoration and Partnership with the BLM Wyoming Lander Field Office
Montana Conservation Corps (MCC) crews, made up of high school and college students from the Wind River Indian Reservation, recently helped Chicago Botanic Garden interns collect seeds for the Seeds of Success program in the Lander Field Office area.
As part of the seed collecting project, MCC crews were given a brief overview of the BLM Seeds of Success and Native Plant Materials Development programs. They learned that the seeds they were collecting would be used for local restoration projects and that, because of local adaptation, these seeds have a higher chance of survival than seeds grown or collected in a different geographic region with different environmental conditions.
Target species included antelope bitterbrush, limestone hawksbeard, and desert yellow fleabane—native plants that benefit wildlife, including greater sage-grouse, as well as native pollinators.
“Tribal youth from the Montana Conservation Corps collected approximately 30,000 seeds in two days, which is excellent considering the time-consuming nature of collecting from species such as antelope bitterbrush," said BLM Botanist Tanya Skurski.
Photo by BLM Wyoming.