British Columbia Mine Reclamation Symposium

Provincial seed bank for native plant species feasibility survey White, Taylor; Carson, Allan W.; Keefer, Michael E.


In British Columbia, the use of native plants in revegetating disturbed land is becoming standard practice. As local communities become more aware and involved in resource development, the demand for utilizing native plants for reclamation and restoration activities continues to grow. Various resource sectors in BC have responded by increasing their utilization of native plant species. However, uncertainty in relation to native seed availability, including factors such as timing, volume and species, still pose significant challenges to industries working to incorporate native species in their revegetation plans. To explore these challenges, Keefer Ecological Services Ltd., DWB Consulting Services Ltd. and the BC Conservation Foundation are conducting a feasibility study to investigate the viability of developing a provincial seed bank for non-commercial native seed. The initial phase of this study was completed during the spring/summer of 2016 and included a stakeholder survey and review of seed bank models from around the world. The goal of the survey was to enlist a variety of stakeholders to share their opinions on a potential native seed bank facility in BC. Our survey focused on three main topics: Opportunities & Challenges, Functions & Practicality, and Governance & Structure. The paper reports on the findings of the initial phase of the study.

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