Institute for Applied Ecology
e-Newsletter March 2017                      
News and Highlights from IAE. We're based in Oregon, but our programs work widely across the Pacific Northwest and nationally. 

Our Programs

We're working hard to conserve native species and habitats.  We target on-the-ground restoration, applied ecological research, and outreach and education.  Click on a program to learn more:

Habitat Restoration Ecological Education Estuary Technical Group
Conservation Research
Native Seed Network
Southwest Program

News Items

 Sagebrush in Prisons Project Featured on Oregon Field Guide

OFGOregon Public Broadcasting's flagship production, Oregon Field Guide, follows prisoners at the Snake River Correctional Institution as they grow and transplant specially selected sagebrush seeds to assist the BLM in eastern Oregon restoration efforts.
Watch the 10 min. video...

Mulford's Milkvetch Research Update

Tobin and Charlotte SAIt takes a full day of driving from western Oregon to reach the closest populations of Mulford’s milkvetch (Astragalus mulfordiae) in the Owyhee Uplands of Malheur County.  This rare species occurs in rangelands of Oregon and southwestern Idaho, mostly on sandy soils on rolling hills, flats and near the Owyhee and Snake Rivers.  This is cattle country, with a long history of people living on the land.  But what is the effect of cattle on populations of this rare plant?  Read more...


Living the Dream: Collecting Seed at Crater Lake National Park

In 2016, IAE was thrilled to begin working on a new seed collection project at one of the most beautiful places in the Pacific Northwest: Crater Lake National Park in southern Oregon.  Read more...

Tree Planting at Herbert Farm

On February 1st 2017 a crew from R. Franco Restoration planted 7,500 trees and shrubs at Herbert Farm and Natural Area, a City of Corvallis property in Benton County, Oregon. IAE is helping Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife restore formerly farmed fields to upland and wet prairie, and riparian habitats.

Islands of Prosperity

This fall IAE hosted the Gold 5 AmeriCorps team, a group of young volunteers who devote 9 months to community service. Among other projects they planted native species to enrich the plant community and enhance habitat for Fender’s blue butterfly at Fir Butte, a Bureau of Land Management site just west of Eugene.


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feature picNational Native Seed Conference 2017

Native plants drive habitat restoration and seed industries nationally and globally. Designed to bring together restoration practitioners, seed producers, academics, and agencies, the National Native Seed conference is a bi-annual chance to network across disciplines and areas of interest. The 2017 National Native Seed Conference was the largest and most successful yet. Over 330 people participated in the conference, held February 13-16, 2017 in Washington, D.C. at the Omni Shoreham Hotel. This year, the theme was putting the National Seed Strategy for Rehabilitation and Restoration into action. Delegates at the conference came from 41 states and 11 other nations around the globe, demonstrating that native seed issues are of interest throughout the U.S. and beyond.

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Quigley capThe conference kicked off with five field trips to national treasures for plant enthusiasts: behind the scenes at the National Museum of Natural History, including the National Herbarium & Insect Collection; the production facility for the U.S. Botanic Gardens; the National Plant Materials Center; the U.S. National Arboretum, including the National Seed Herbarium; and the Dumbarton Oaks Park natural area.  These field trips provided opportunities not only to experience these special places but to meet and develop relationships with other conference attendees.

    The following two and a half days featured over 50 hours of programming, with 138 individuals delivering oral presentations and 27 poster presentations.  Keynote speakers were U.S. Representative Mike Quigley (IL), Jean Franczyk (Chicago Botanic Garden), Dr. Ann Bartuska (USDA), Dr. Cristina Eisenberg (Earthwatch), Dr. Tom Kaye (Institute for Applied Ecology), Noreen Walsh (USFWS), and Peggy Olwell (Bureau of Land roundtable capManagement).  Quigley proposed a bill, HR 1054, the Botanical Sciences and Native Plant Materials Research, Restoration, and Promotion Act  (also known as "the Botany Bill") that same day.  Issues covered in the conference included emergency preparedness, green infrastructure, ecological restoration, plant blindness, links between wildlife and native seeds, plant research needs, seed industry roles, partnerships, communications and outreach and tools for land managers.

On Tuesday evening a poster session and reception was held at the hotel, featuring a hands-on demonstration area for seed sampling and seed quality testing hosted by the Association of Official Seed Analysts & Society of Commercial Seed Technologists.  Wednesday evening we hosted a special reception at the Conservatory of the U.S. Botanic Garden, featuring Senator Ron Wyden (OR), who spoke on the importance of native plants and habitat restoration. 

wyden capWe received a lot of positive feedback after the conference.  Here are some examples:

  • The variety of topics covered was fantastic! As well, most of the presenters were engaging and enthusiastic.

  • I enjoyed having producers, agencies, land managers, and scientists all together.

  • I was amazed by the range of people attending the meeting from large-scale land restorers to landscape architects wanting to produce pollinator gardens. I met a fabulous range of people all interested in preserving native plants and their seed by various methods.

  • As an intern, this was an inspirational event and an important week in determining my future career goals.

  • The best part of this conference is that it brings everyone together.

  • I value most that this meeting gathers my peer group better than any other meeting. I am allowed to attend few professional meetings, and I "save up" to ensure that I don't miss the NNSC.

  • I was able to interact & network with industry, researchers, and agency personnel.


maps capHighlights included panel discussions on ecological resilience, adaptation, and emergency preparedness; seed producer perspectives from the American Seed Trade Association; symposia on seed production; tools for collection and use; and the International Network for Seed-based Restoration.  A special working session was organized by the Plant Conservation Alliance to increase engagement in the National Seed Strategy, featuring 12 breakout discussions where participants formed task forces and developed action plans to implement the Strategy.

Over 330 people from 41 states and twelve nations attended the 2017 National Native Seed Conference in Washington DC.  Check out where in the world the came from!

Please join us in 2019!  For more information, copies of presentations from 2017, and to stay connected, visit the conference website at

We are grateful to the conference sponsors, including the Bureau of Land Management, the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, the Natural Resources Conservation Service, Agricultural Research Service, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, U.S. Forest Service, Society for Ecological Restoration, Kaste Seed, and Sharp Bros. Seed Co.  Thank you for the support!



Save the Date!
Fun Times ahead at the 6th annual Invasive Species Cook-off

Invasive species cook-off 2015 (84) PJMThe Invasive Species Cook-Off will be held Saturday, August 19th from 4:30-8:30pm in Corvallis, OR. This annual party and fundraiser has live music, local libations, Getaway Raffle packages, kids' activities and more. It's a contest where you can use invasive species as an ingredient in a dish to share!

Cook-Off contest categories:
-Best Savory Meat Dish
-Best Savory Vegetarian Dish
-Best Dessert/Sweet
-Best Beverage (21+ or all-ages)


Become an IAE volunteer by joining our volunteer email list.  We will send you occasional opportunites to help IAE in the field or indoors with conservation projects, and with our fundraising outreach events.  Click here to sign up.


Our Wish List

Items large and small that we could really put to work:

  • HD digital video camera for capturing what we do.

  • Potting soil (new, in bags) for propagating endangered plants with students.

  • Gardening gloves, hand trowels and pruners.

  • Newer digital projector.

  • Upgrading your iPad or tablet?  We'd love to put your old one to work while you take a tax deduction.

  • 4WD pick-up truck or SUV for restoration projects

  • Farm tractor

Your donations are tax deductible.  Please contact us at if you can help.

Thank You!

Thank you to all of you who have given time and funds to our programs and to our partner organizations. You ensure that we can continue to rescue our native species and habitats. 
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Featured Amazing Staff Member:
Meaghan Petix, Crew lead, Conservation Research Program

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Only one emerged.

Our MissionConservation of native species and ecosystems through restoration, research and education.

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