W9: Networks and other strategies for developing regional native seed supply to meet restoration needs ORGANIZERS: STEPHANIE FRISCHIE, INTERNATIONAL NETWORK FOR SEED-BASED RESTORATION AND XERCES SOCIETY FOR INVERTEBRATE CONSERVATION, PORTLAND, OREGON, USA; STEFAN WEBER, ONTARIO PLANT RESTORATION ALLIANCE (OPRA), HAMILTON, ONTARIO, CANADA; NANCY SHAW, USDA FOREST SERVICE, BOISE, IDAHO, USA June 17 at 1pm Eastern Daylight Time (UTC -4.00) This workshop will present and discuss a variety of native seed programs and initiatives and will provide information, models and support to participants seeking to improve the supply of native seed in their region. The workshop will begin with a lightning round of presentations (7 minutes each) from each of the following. For the remaining 30 minutes of the workshop, we will have guided discussion meant to build support and connections for returning to our home regions of work and continuing to improve the native seed supply.
June 24th Ontario Biodiversity Summit: Restoration Sessions
Restoring biodiversity and ecological connectionsThis session will feature four panel discussions profiling large-scale habitat restoration needs and opportunities. Restoration offers us a chance to curb biodiversity loss by creating habitat and enhancing connectivity on the landscape while providing increased ecosystem services such as carbon sequestration and flood mitigation. Ecosystem restoration contributes to the green economy by creating jobs and generating demand for locally and sustainably grown native plants and seeds. We will discuss restoration policy, and the importance of seed conservation strategies in meeting biodiversity targets within restoration timelines, using “the right native species in the right places for the right reasons.”