Our survey of Native Plant and Seed Use in the Eastern United States is now open! This survey was developed through a cooperative effort between Seeds of Success East and University of Maryland Extension.
This survey will take approximately 15 minutes to complete. It is open to all professionals that use native plants and/or seeds in the landscape in any state East of the Mississippi River. Our target audience includes, but is not limited to:
- Land managers of public or private lands
- Landscape architects/designers
- Restoration ecologists and practitioners
- Mitigation companies
- Ecological consultants
- Landscape contractors
- Habitat managers
Why should I take this survey?
Our long-term goals are to provide conservation and horticultural professionals with better access to locally-adapted, genetically-diverse plant materials. To do this, we first need to better understand your native plant and seed needs. By participating in this survey, you will help us identify and address reoccurring and emerging issues related to commercial availability of native plants and seeds.
How will my answers be used?
Responses to this survey will be aggregated into an SOS-East report and will serve as the basis for further efforts to launch an ecoregional native plant material development program in the East.
*Our data collection conforms with the objectives outlined in the National Seed Strategy for Rehabilitation and Restoration 2015-2020.
Can I share the survey link with others?
Yes! This survey is open to all professionals who use native plants in the landscape and/or are responsible for making purchasing decisions or procuring native plants and seeds. Please feel free to share the survey link with your colleagues and project partners. (Many of our partners will also be distributing this survey, so we apologize upfront for any duplicate requests you or your colleagues receive.) We hope to gather enough data about the demand for native plants so that we can effectively increase the diversity and availability of plant material availability and encourage efficient management of our native seed resources.
For more information, please contact Shanyn Siegel.
About Seeds of Success East
The Mid-Atlantic Regional Seed Bank, New England Wild Flower Society, and North Carolina Botanical Garden, with the active participation of the USDA/NRCS Cape May Plant Materials Center and the Chicago Botanic Garden are working together to build a sustainable seed collection and seed bank program for the Eastern United States.
Our objectives include the establishment of an ecoregional Native Plant Materials Development Program, which strives to:
- ensure a healthy private sector native plant and seed industry
- increase the quality and quantity of native plant materials commercially available for restoring and supporting resilient ecosystems in the eastern United States
- facilitate connections between native plant producers and native plant users
- provide conservation and horticultural professionals with better access to locally-adapted, genetically-diverse plant materials
- manage wild seed resources to ensure a sustainable supply into the future