A minimum of 2 collections of each native species of interest are obtained from each county of the project regions where each species occurs. Priority species for collection are chosen by regional technical committees of natural resources experts, researchers, and seed industry professionals based on the potential demand, value to native habitats and consumers, and the species ability to be mass produced at an economical price.
Texas Native Seeds collectors target sites within their region based on rainfall analysis and historic species distribution maps. Good sites for collection include private lands accessed cooperatively by working with supportive landowners, and highway and county road rights of ways where remnant native plant populations can be found. State Parks, Wildlife Management Areas, and other government owned lands are also used extensively for collection with proper permitted access.
seed collection map
For further information please contact
Forrest Smith, Texas Native Seeds Director
Texas A&M University Kingsville
CKWRI-South Texas Natives
700 University Blvd, MSC 218
Kingsville, Texas 78363.