MARSB’s current seed collection initiatives include coastal restoration species, early successional species and ash (Fraxinus) species threatened by the exotic Emerald Ash Borer. We are also working diligently to identify species critical for long-term conservation and restoration.
To date, the Mid-Atlantic Regional Seed Bank has made over 700 seed collections spanning six states and ten of our 15 ecoregions. We have also made collections with the USFS to support both their Regional Forester Sensitive Species effort as well as the Ash Genetic Conservation Program. If you are interested to learn more about these collections, please contact Clara Holmes.
Though I do not believe that a plant will spring up where no seed has been, I have great faith in a seed. Convince me that you have a seed there, and I am prepared to expect wonders. — Henry David Thoreau