Aberdeen Plant Materials Center
Serving areas in the States of Idaho, Nevada, Oregon, Utah, and Wyoming
Size: 82 acres
PMC Operation: NRCS
Land Ownership: South Bingham Soil Conservation District and Idaho Department of Fish and Game
The Aberdeen Plant Materials Center (IDPMC), located in the Snake River Plain in southeastern Idaho, provides plant solutions for the diverse landscapes of the Intermountain West including areas of southern Idaho, northern Nevada, eastern Oregon, western Utah, and western Wyoming. Land use in the PMC service area is diverse with native and seeded pasture, rangeland, irrigated and non-irrigated farmland, mountain valleys, foothills, and forestlands. Because of increasing human population in the region, land use is changing to urban areas, hobby farms, and recreational areas for hunting, fishing and other outdoor activities. Likewise, the invasion of annual weeds in Intermountain rangelands has changed the dynamics of the natural fire cycle as well as ecosystem function creating significant threats to native plants and animals. Additionally, intense, low-diversity agriculture has strained soil health, causing increases in soil erosion, fertilizer inputs, and water use.
Priorities for the Center include improving habitat for at-risk wildlife species such as sage-grouse and monarch butterflies, improving range and pasture productivity, and increasing plant species diversity on Intermountain rangelands. Aberdeen also investigates plants and technologies for improving soil health in Intermountain agricultural lands.
The Aberdeen Plant Materials Center has cooperatively released and maintains Foundation quality seed stock for 20 conservation plants including hoary tansyaster, parsnipflower buckwheat, bluebunch wheatgrass, thickspike wheatgrass, basin wildrye, Indian ricegrass, western wheatgrass, penstemon, flax, and small burnet, as well as a number of introduced varieties of dryland and irrigated forages.
Biological Science Technician