Guidelines for Selecting Local Ecotype Plant Material Being a Good Steward of the Prairie

  • Find out what’s already growing on your site first
  • Visit nearby remnants and nearby good reconstructions if possible to see what they are like
  • Find out what species are native to your area, talk with local prairie people
  • Decide on goals and needs
  • If you buy seed, you need to discuss needs and goals with seed dealers and specify the seed sources you want
  • Flexibility as needed (some planting sites further from remnants than other, for larger plantings, may draw from a wider area, use “Tallgrass Restoration” thoughts
  • Ethics of seed collecting (basics like not over-collecting, getting permission, etc.)