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About the Plant Materials Program

The Plant Materials Program selects conservation plants and develops innovative planting technology to address today's natural resource challenges and maintain healthy and productive farms and ranches.

The Plant Materials Program:

  • Focuses on using plants as a natural way to solve conservation issues and re-establish ecosystem function.

  • Collects, selects and releases grasses, legumes, wildflowers, trees and shrubs; cooperates with public, private, commercial and tribal partners and land managers to apply new conservation methods using plants.

  • Provides plant materials and new applied technologies for national initiatives, like the Farm Bill.

  • Offers plant solutions to battle invasive species, heal lands damaged by natural disasters, reduce the effects of drought, promote air and water quality, and produce alternative energy.

  • Assists Native American tribes with projects to protect and produce culturally significant plants.