Given the magnitude of biodiversity loss in southern Ontario it's important that we focus on building our capacity to accelerate and deliver high quality restoration. Too often fast-tracking restoration projects leads to low diversity outcomes. We are committed to better understanding our collective capacity for restoration, and to actively build back our natural capitol, from seed to seed.
“A thing is right when it tends to preserve the integrity, stability, and beauty of the biotic community. It is wrong when it tends otherwise.” -Aldo Leopold
The Ontario Plant Restoration Alliance is committed to conserving and enhancing native plants populations through the salvage and propagation of local seed.
Founded in 2015 we are a grassroots, non-profit community organization that works with conservation stakeholders at all scales to achieve restoration and recovery goals.
Our various Seed Strategy projects aim to enhance the unique flora of this region through coordination between landowners, plant growers, and conservation biologists.
The strength of a seed based approach is rooted a deep ecological relationship between humans and plant propagation; this approach relies on human ingenuity and intervention to leverage millions of years of plant adaptation for seed production. We help ensure every seed has the opportunity to mature and reproduce exponentially. We believe this is one of the best ways to accelerate terrestrial restoration.
OPRA welcomes new members and is always happy to collaborate with conservation partners to help facilitate local seed banking and plant restoration programs.