|Lilium occidentale endangered plant|
and conservation program
Photo by Ed Guerrant
|Two volunteers in BBG conservation lab|
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*The Berry Botanic Garden Seed Bank for Rare and Endangered Plants of the Pacific Northwest was established in 1983 as the first seed bank in the U.S. dedicated exclusively to rare and endangered plants. A short time later, the Berry Botanic Garden became a founding member of the Center for Plant Conservation, a national network dedicated to using off-site collections as a means of conserving and restoring America’s most vulnerable native plants. The BBG seed bank has grown considerably since its start, not only in the number of species collected but also in the technical ability to store seeds safely for long periods of time. The nationwide professional community provided by the Center for Plant Conservation enabled the BBG Seed Bank to become a globally recognized leader in the field of ex situ, or off-site plant conservation. Seed banks are a means to an end: supporting species survival in the wild. The BBG Seed Bank has either supplied seed for or has been directly involved in reintroduction projects involving almost a dozen species.