Posted on October 16, 2014 by Conservation Seeding & Restoration INC
Seed for the project was collected from this 350 year old Ponderosa pine.
For this planting project in Colorado, site specific seed was collected and then grown out in our Idaho nursery by lot number, enabling a more precise installation within the correct elevation and aspect. We are working with seven different genetic sources, keeping those genetics separate is important for a successful restoration.
Another 23,000 Doulgas fir are still in production and will be installed next year. Vexar compostable netting is included with each planting as browse protection from the large herds of elk in the area.
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Posted on October 10, 2014 by Conservation Seeding & Restoration INC
Salmon Safe is a Pacific Northwest based non-profit striving to protect the last remaining wild salmon stocks in the continental US. They have marshaled a coalition between farmers, wineries, corporations and individuals to preserve and protect the immense system of lakes and rivers the salmon call home.
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Posted on October 2, 2014 by Conservation Seeding & Restoration INC
This particular project site was once dominated by weeds and experienced erosion problems. CSR, Inc. seeded the area with a native grass mix to lessen weed presence and reduce wind erosion issues. The germinating grass seed will need a season of growth to effectively out-compete non-natives, but the area is well on its way to a beautiful low-water landscape.
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Posted on September 26, 2014 by Conservation Seeding & Restoration INC
CSR, Inc. recently completed a Juniper removal project located near Shell, Wyoming. The project required mastication of Juniper and Douglas Fir within specified areas in order to improve existing Sage Grouse (Centrocercus urophasianus) habitat.
The goal was to increase nesting and rearing opportunities within sagebrush and native grass populations while decreasing predator nesting sites. Sage Grouse numbers utilizing known leks within Big Horn county have decreased recently, a trend also occurring within most of the historic Sage Grouse range.
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Posted on September 17, 2014 by Conservation Seeding & Restoration INC
Suillus sp. mushroom photographed near Pine, Idaho.
Suillus mushrooms: as opposed to having gills, these types of mushrooms produce their spores from the spongy underside of the cap. The slimy layer on top can be peeled off like a skin. While many Suillus are edible, there are many that are not. Please remember that wild mushrooms can kill you! Consult the assistance of an experienced mushroom collector before ever consuming wild fungi.
Find Mycological societies near you, listed by state, by clicking here.
Species info provided by Matt Greer, a friend and past employee of CSR, Inc.
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Posted on September 11, 2014 by Conservation Seeding & Restoration INC
CSR, Inc. is proud to be donating approximately $15,000 worth of native plants from our inventory to the Idaho Botanical Garden!
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Posted on September 5, 2014 by Conservation Seeding & Restoration INC
Rocky Mountain Lodgepole Pine (Pinus contorta)
Lodgepole pine or beach pine is a small pine that grows quickly to 20 ft. and may reach 30 ft. at maturity. Its name refers to the use by American Indians of the slender trunks as poles for their conical tents or teepees.
Colorado Pinyon Pine (Pinus edulis)
The edible seeds, known as pinyon nuts, Indian nuts, pine nuts, and pinones (Spanish), are a wild, commercial nut crop. Eaten raw, roasted, and in candies, they were once a staple food of southwestern Indians.
Ponderosa Pine (Pinus ponderosa)
This is the most widely distributed and common pine in North America. David Douglas, the Scottish botanical explorer, found this pine in 1826 and named it for its ponderous, or heavy, wood. Quail, nutcrackers, squirrels, and many other kinds of wildlife consume the seeds; and chipmunks store them in their caches, thus aiding dispersal.
Species info shared from the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center
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