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Notice of Release: Stucky Ridge Germplasm Silverleaf Phacelia (Phacelia hastata)

Contact:
Joe Scianna
(406) 662-3579, ext. 101


UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE
NATURAL RESOURCES CONSERVATION SERVICE
BRIDGER, MONTANA
and
MONTANA AGRICULTURAL EXPERIMENT STATIONS
MONTANA STATE UNIVERSITY
BOZEMAN, MONTANA
and
WYOMING AGRICULTURAL EXPERIMENT STATIONS
UNIVERSITY OF WYOMING
LARAMIE, WYOMING
in cooperation with the
DEER LODGE VALLEY CONSERVATION DISTRICT
MONTANA ASSOCIATION OF CONSERVATION DISTRICTS
DEER LODGE, MONTANA
NOTICE OF RELEASE OF STUCKY RIDGE GERMPLASM SILVERLEAF PHACELIA

‚ÄčThe U.S. Department of Agriculture, Natural Resources Conservation Service, Bridger Plant Materials Center, Bridger, Montana; Montana Agricultural  Experiment Stations, Montana State University; Wyoming Agricultural Experiment Stations, University of Wyoming in cooperation with the Deer Lodge Valley Conservation District, announce the release of a silverleaf phacelia (Phacelia hastata Douglas ex Lehm) for the intermountain foothills and mountains of central Montana and Wyoming for low pH and heavy metal contaminated soils.

Justification for Release: The alternative release is justified based on a critical need for well adapted plant materials for non-amended, as well as lime-amended, acidic and heavy metal contaminated sites in low- to mid-mountain elevations in the foothills of central Montana and Wyoming. There is no other release of silverleaf phacelia for reclamation of acid and heavy metal soil conditions at this elevation. This release is expected to perform well on noncontaminated sites given similar environmental and climatic conditions. Stucky Ridge Germplasm silverleaf phacelia has superior seedling survival and vigor with a mean height growth relative to the other silverleaf phacelia accession tested, and superior performance compared to other forbs tested at the site. Stucky Ridge Germplasm silverleaf phacelia provides other conservation benefits such as pollinator habitat, wildlife habitat enhancement, and mine
land reclamation.

Notice of Release: Stucky Ridge Germplasm Silverleaf Phacelia (PDF; 673 KB) LeFebvre, J., Scianna, J., and M. Pokorny 2017. Bridger PMC. Bridger, MT. November 2017. 10p. (ID# 13233).

Release Brochure - Stucky Ridge Germplasm silverleaf phacelia (Phacelia hastata) (PDF; 351 KB) LeFebvre, Joe. 2017. Bridger PMC. Bozeman, MT. 2017. 2p. (ID# 13202).