Despite the growing need for native plant materials in the Rogue Basin, the barriers to increasing the local production of native plant species are numerous. The planning and coordination required to successfully source and produce appropriate native plant materials is a complex and time-consuming task. In order to produce these plants, project plans and species priorities must be established, seed must be collected from the wild, and a contract must be drafted to have the plants grown-out.

Native plant production presents unique challenges to growers. The grow-out phase often requires a multi-year commitment from growers and a willingness to experiment with propagation protocols for new species. This can be problematic because many agencies see year-to-year fluctuations in their budgets and severe fire and flooding events make multi-year planning difficult. In addition, more diverse plant mixes for restoration activities often requires the use of small lots. These small lots are less desirable to growers because of the added risk and complexity of managing many different species as opposed to a few common ones. These challenges often make it difficult for growers to achieve a stable business strategy and may also deter new farms from expanding into the native plant production arena.

Because of this intricacy, it is often far easier for land managers and growers to rely on a few “workhorse species” that are moderately appropriate in a wide range of scenarios, than it is to source and grow the right species. It is becoming clear however that this simplistic approach, based on a few common species, does not adequately support pollinators or wildlife and may inadvertently reduce resiliency and diversity on public and private lands.

Mission: To facilitate diverse resilient ecosystems in tandem with a more robust native plant materials economy in the Rogue Basin by taking on many of the challenges in the native plant procurement process. 

We at the Rogue Native Plant Partnership (RNPP) are currently working with a group of land managers from across the Rogue Basin to build a formal partnership between federal agencies, NGO’s, private growers and others. The group aims to simplify the native plant procurement process for its partner organizations by coordinating current native plant inventories, seed collection efforts and grower contracting.

Goals:

  1. Facilitate a sustainable and reliable supply of native plant materials to federal and state agencies as well as local non-governmental organizations and the public
  2. Streamline the native plant materials procurement process by centralizing seed collection efforts and grow-out contracting among partner organizations
  3. Increase diversity and genetic appropriateness of locally-available native plant materials
  4. Provide technical and financial support to local native plant producers

Who We Are:

Since August 2016, a group of agencies, private growers and NGO’s in the Rogue Basin have been working together to better meet growing native plant materials needs in the region. The partnership is currently working with the following organizations to streamline and sustain the seed collection and native plant procurement process:

Federal  State and Tribal
Bureau of Land Management Medford District City of Medford
Fish and Wildlife Service Confederated Tribes of the Siletz Indians
J. Herbert Stone Nursery (Forest Service) Cow Creek Band of Umpqua Tribe of Indians
Natural Resources Conservation Service Oregon Department of Agriculture
NRCS Plant Materials Center Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife
Rogue Siskiyiou National Forest / US Forest Service Oregon Department of Transporation
US Army Corps of Engineers Oregon State Parks
US Fish and Wildlife Service
Non-Government
Private Applegate Partnership and Watershed Council
Althouse Nursery Butte Falls Charter School
Earth Lab Studios Curry Soil & Water Conservation District
Easy Valley Farm Illinois Valley Soil and Water Conservation District
Gentle Mind Gardens Institute for Applied Ecology
Good Earth Organics Supply Lomakatsi Restoration Project
Hedgerow Farms Rogue Basin Partnership
Infinite Tree Nursery Rogue River Watershed Council
Kenagy Family Farms Rogue Valley Farm to Schools
Klamath-Siskiyou Native Seeds Rusk Ranch Nature Center
Long Shadow Fields Selberg Institute
Naturalist Gardens Seven Basins Watershed Council
NatureLee Inspired Nursery South West Oregon Pollinator Collaborative
New Flora Southern Oregon Land Conservancy
Pacific Slope Ecological Services Southern Oregon Monarch Advocates
Plant Oregon Southern Oregon Seed Growers Association
Silver Springs Nursery The Freshwater Trust
Siskiyou Biosurvey The Nature Conservancy
Understory Consulting LLC The Understory Initiative
Vesper Meadow Restoration Project