www.PrairieSeedCo.org, the Prairie Seed Council, is a collaborative venture with the goal to increase the amount and variety of coastal prairie plant materials including seeds. It is in the midst of a two year, intensive seed collecting effort to provide seeds for urban pocket plantings, volunteer grow outs, and most importantly provide source material for seed production at a large scale. Select the "join a team" tab at the website and see the list of teams, team leaders, and map of the collection areas. Please help collect seeds and at the same time experience the prairie.
Below is the first update of the activities of this group. To get emails in your mailbox, go to www.PrairieSeedCo.org and select the "sign up for email list" tab. It is an automated system through Constant Contact. Subscribing and unsubscribing is very easy.
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Hi seed collectors,
I'm Lan Shen and am Scott Barnes' replacement as Seed Collecting Manager.
This is the first of regular updates on what's happening with the seed collection teams. Information about this project, the individual teams, the seeds that we are collecting and when they would be ripe are online at www.prairieseedco.org. The update this week is longer than normal.
Calendar. Just posted on the website calendar are three upcoming seed collecting opportunities. Please contact Team Leaders for specific meeting instructions.
Collection Team News. Below are recent updates of the collecting teams. For a list of teams and map of the counties where they are collecting, see www.PrairieSeedCo.org and the tab "Join a team".
To get the seeds from Aaron at Texas City Prairie Preserve to the Katy Prairie Conservancy office in Houston, we have established a Prairie Seed Train: the seeds are passed from Aaron to Jim Duron at Texas City Prairie Preserve to Tom Solomon at Armand Bayou Nature Center to Sandy Wilson at Sheldon Lake State Park. Sandy will bring the seeds into the city and Lan will collect the seeds from Sandy's porch.
On June 26, Team 5 led by Lan and including Heather Biggs, Susan Conaty, Sally and Hank Hilliard, Brandt Mannchen, Brandt's friend and great seed collector Dave, Sheryl Marquez, Celeste Mead, Linda Rippert, Don Verser, and Kelly Walker, collected mostly Brown-eye Susan along with rosinweed and sensitive briar. Although we were there at what turned out to be the hottest day this year, all enjoyed College Park Prairie. Photos have been posted.
Katy researched and wrote a Seed Collecting Protocol and a Seed Collecting Guidelines, both will be posted at the www.PrairieSeedCo.org website shortly.
More information about seed collection training will be sent in future updates.
Requests to seed collectors and team leaders.
Please send comments about your seed collecting trips to share with other prairie enthusiasts.
Please post photos of seed collecting trips at www.CoastalPrairiePartnership.org (or www.prairiepartner.org) and send me a link. Or if you prefer, send me the photos and I will post them and credit the photos to you.
I look forward to working with you all.