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Sagebrush seed processing and production for restoration in the Great Basin

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This webinar with Clark Fleege, Nursery Manager at the USFS Lucky Peak Nursery, discusses all aspects of seedling production from seed collection to outplanting. The Lucky Peak Nursery has been producing dryland shrubs for restoration plantings on public lands throughout the Great Basin for almost 60 years.

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Southwest Idaho native seed collection, use, and plant material development

This webinar discusses the Upper Snake Sagebrush Seed Collection Contract and Shoshone Native Plant Material Development, which is important to the production of local native seed and rehabilitation treatment resiliency in the face of extreme weather events, increasing fire frequency and severity, and for restoring and improving habitat for sagebrush-obligate wildlife species. Webinar presenters were Ben Dyer, Fire Ecologist, Upper Snake Field Office, and Danelle Nance, Natural Resource Specialist, Shoshone Field Office BLM.

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Verification of sagebrush subspecies from seed samples and finding the right place for successful restoration

In this webinar, Bryce Richardson, Research Geneticist, USFS RMRS, discusses the climatic considerations for sagebrush subspecies and what native plants could potentially fill the void left by sagebrush in the upcoming decades as parts of the Great Basin transition to Mojave desert. He also discusses how understanding the subspecies composition of seed used in restoration could aid in improving restoration outcomes.

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Selection of genetically appropriate plant materials for increase

This webinar presented by Holly Prendeville, Research Geneticist, USFS PNW, explains provisional and empirical seed zones using and discussing tools available that allow us to use seed zones to select genetically appropriate plant materials for restoration, which is goal one of the National Seed Strategy.

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Producing native plant materials for restoration: 10 rules to collect and maintain genetic diversity

In this webinar, Andrea Kramer, Conservation Scientist with the Chicago Botanic Garden, describes each potential production step where genetic diversity can be lost and outline 10 rules to assist in the collection and production of native plant material for restoration, providing justification for, and examples of why, each rule is important.

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The incredible diversity of sagebrush chemistry and its potential value in restoration

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Sagebrushes are champion chemists and famous for their abundant and complex volatile bouquets. The chemical make-up of sagebrushes plays important roles in plant fitness and survival and is an unseen but fundamental component of sagebrush habitats. In this webinar,  Justin Runyon, Research Entomologist, USFS RMRS, discusses the diversity, distribution, possible functions, and potential restoration use of sagebrush chemistry, focusing on volatiles.

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Restoring shrub-steppe after wildfire: Shrub planting as a viable tool in rehabilitation

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In this webinar, Heidi Newsome, Wildlife Biologist, USFWS, Hanford Reach National Monument, discusses the performance (survival, health) and economic costs of using seedling planting as a method to rehabilitate habitat impacted by wildfire.

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Pollinator-friendly forbs to seed for the sagebrush-steppe

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In this webinar, James H. Cane with the USDA-ARS Pollinating Insect Research Unit at the Utah State University, provides a brief review of bee life histories and identifies common native forbs of the Great Basin that are attractive to native bee communities (and those in use now that are of little value to bees), to help land managers choose pollinator-friendly native wildflowers in restoration.

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Insects affecting native seed production

This webinar focuses on insects that have contributed to seed production problems in native plant production over the past two decades on the Colorado Plateau and in the Great Basin. The webinar was presented by Bob Hammon, Entomology/Agronomy Extension Agent, Tri River Extension Area.

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Sage-grouse forb preference by 12 plant categories

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This webinar presented by Roger Rosentreter, BLM Idaho Retired State Botanist, describes a method for quickly assessing sage-grouse food availability and value. Grouping species into palatability groups make field sampling and analysis more reasonable and can assist in the development of management recommendations for sage-grouse.

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