West Texas Native Seed
West Texas Native Seed Project needs for native seed sources include for rangeland restoration, and energy related reclamation needs, including for pipelines, expanded oil and gas exploration, solar farms, and wind farms. Availability of native seeds for this region will be impactful to address concerns over habitat loss resulting from land fragmentation and development of energy resources, specifically to alleviate concerns over impacts to important wildlife species for private landowners, such as pronghorn antelope, desert mule deer, and quail. Native seeds that meet wildlife habitat needs are also important for use in pollinator habitat restoration projects in this region. Native plants are also a cornerstone livestock grazing resources in this region. Numerous seed source development and release projects for this region are in various stages of completion. Evaluation for this region are being conducted at the Sierra la Rana Ranch near Alpine and the Railway Ranch near Odessa. Additional Demonstration projects utilizing new seeds sources released for West Texas are underway.
Assistant Director: Colin Shackelford
Phone: (432) 294-2676