“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 and incorporated in 2018 ,we are a not-for-profit organization that works with conservation stakeholders at a regional scale to achieve native plant restoration goals.
Our pilot project, the Hamilton Seed Strategy aims to enhance the unique flora of this region through coordination between landowners, plant growers, and conservation biologists. Our cooperators on this project include the Hamilton Conservation Authority and the Royal Botanical Gardens.
Our most recent work involved as series of native seed workshops with public interest groups and key stakeholders to develop skills and capacity related to seed monitoring, collection, processing, storage and propagation. We are also conducting a market research study on the supply and demand of native plants in Ontario. These projects are sopported by the Ontario Trillium Foundation.
Check out our project page for details, and our events page for upcoming workshops!
Our work has been endorsed by the North American Native Plant Society, and the Toronto Botanical Gardens.
OPRA welcomes new members and is always happy to collaborate with conservation partners to help facilitate local seed banking and plant restoration programs