National Seed Strategy Keystone Initiative

Native plant communities across the United States are disappearing every day due to habitat loss made worse by climate change-related impacts – such as longer and more severe wildfire seasons and extreme weather events. As these plant populations are lost, so too are the ecosystem services they provide, increasing the risk of erosion, the establishment of non-native and invasive species and additional ecological damage. Actions to conserve and restore native plant communities are important strategic components of increasing landscape resilience and strengthening ecosystem biodiversity. Ensuring a robust native seed supply chain is the critical foundation for these efforts.