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Wild Seed Project: Returning native plants to the Maine landscape

Wild Seed Project works to increase the use of native plants in all landscape settings in order to conserve biodiversity, encourage plant adaptation in the face of climate change, safeguard wildlife habitat, and create pollination and migration corridors for insects and birds.

A nonprofit organization, Wild Seed Project ethically collects seeds of wild and uncultivated forms of native plants and educates the public on propagation techniques to engage citizens in promoting native plant populations.

We share information and bring people together around native plant conservation and horticulture through our interactive website and annual magazine, Wild Seed. Wild Seed Project collaborates with scientists, landscape designers, ecological restorationists, land trusts, gardeners, schools, and interested citizens on a variety of community projects such as planting pollinator corridors and native gardens in public and private spaces, identifying native plants, and training in seed collection and propagation.

Wild landscapes in Maine are rapidly being developed and as a result native plant populations are diminishing. This loss of wild plant species has a ripple effect on biodiversity and ecosystem health. Native plants have an evolutionary history with insects and other fauna and are the foundation for a healthy, ecologically diverse environment. When native plants are absent from a landscape, so are many other creatures.

Native plants are adapted to every type of ecosystem in Maine and many species thrive in urban and developed environments. Fortunately, when native plants are reintroduced into a landscape, many of the other creatures with whom they coevolved also return. Unfortunately, commercial offerings of native plants remain limited and many nurseries do not have the time or knowledge to collect seeds. There is a need for locally sourced seeds that are collected from genetically diverse wild populations or from uncultivated forms growing in gardens.