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IDPMC

Aberdeen Plant Materials Center (IDPMC)
Serving areas in the States of Idaho, Nevada, Oregon, Utah, and Wyoming

Established: 1939
Size: 82 acres
PMC Operation: NRCS
Land Ownership: South Bingham Soil Conservation District and Idaho Department of Fish and Game

Image of two men collecting seed from native plants on rangeland

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.

Highlights

PLANT SOLUTIONS FOR AT-RISK WILDLIFE AND POLLINATORS

Provide plants and plant technology to promote healthy wildlife habitat

  • Development and release of Amethyst germplasm hoary tansyaster and Soda Springs germplasm parsnipflower buckwheat.
  • Technology development for improved establishment of native forbs in arid and semi-arid rangelands.
  • Technical Notes for establishment and improvement of sage-grouse and monarch butterfly habitat.
  • Evaluation of commercially available seed mixes for pollinator habitat.
  • Development of technical guidance for fuel breaks in sagebrush steppe habitat.

WATER QUALITY

Improve water quality and quantity with plant science technology

Note: Documents below found in Publications

  • Field Guide for the Identification and Use of Common Riparian Woody Plants.
  • Users Guide to the Description, Propagation, and Establishment of Wetland Plant Species and Grasses for Riparian Areas in the Intermountain West designed to assist users in repairing damaged wetland and riparian areas.
  • How to Plant Willows and Cottonwoods for Riparian Restoration, a guide to successfully planting key riparian species.
  • Willow Clump Plantings, a guide to planting willows using an innovative bio-engineering technique.
  • The Practical Streambank Bioengineering Guide, a guide to stabilizing eroding streambanks.

PRODUCTION AGRICULTURE

Reduce soil erosion in cropland and improve soil health

  • Cooperative development of regional cover crop selection tool.
  • Evaluation of over 30 species of cover crop leading to regional recommendations for Intermountain farmers and ranchers.
  • Developed technical notes of recommended cover crops for Intermountain agriculture and on calibrating cover crop mixes for drill seeding.

PLANTS TO HELP SOLVE RESOURCE PROBLEMS

Provide for and promote the commercial production of NRCS developed plants to ensure that adequate seed and plants are available for use in cooperative conservation programs
  • Provide Foundation quality seed of 20 conservation plants to the commercial seed industry to insure the availability of plant material for Farm Bill and other conservation programs.
  • Seed Production Standards for Conservation Plants and Reading Seed Packaging Labels – Calculating Seed Mixtures, two guides to assist users in how to obtain quality seed, save money, and optimize chances of success.
  • Improvements to seed harvesting equipment to maximize yield of native forbs and increase availability of native forb seed.

Aberdeen Plant Materials Center
PO Box 296
Aberdeen, ID 83210-0296
Shipping address: 1691 A South 2700 West
Phone: (208) 397-4133
Fax: (855) 524-1691