The purpose of the seedbank is to provide a mechanism to reduce or mitigate the growing frequency and severity of impacts resulting from wildland fire throughout the state. The Nevada Seedbank was created with funds from an EPA Non-Point Source 319(h) Grant and Nevada Legislature SB 579 in 1995.
The Seedbank provides the following benefits to Nevadans:
- Rehabilitation of fire suppression-related damages immediately after or during a wildfire;
- Assistance to the Natural Resources Conservation Service in cooperatively implementing Emergency Watershed Protection projects on private property;
- Assistance to private landowners and public land managers with individual wildfire rehabilitation projects on a cost/reimbursable basis; and
- Assistance to private landowners and public agencies on conservation treatments on their lands to reduce soil erosion, increase plant diversity, improve wildlife habitat, improve water quality and reduce the threat of wildland fire .
Private landowners or public agencies with acreage needing seeding to provide noxious weed control, erosion control, increased plant diversity, wildlife habitat, improved water quality, fuelbreaks, or burned area recovery. There is no minimum acreage limitation for seed purchase as long as the seed is used for conservation purposes.
Technical assistance for reseeding is available from the Division, the Nevada Division of Wildlife, the Natural Resources Conservation Service, or other Seedbank Committee Partners listed below.
Seedbank Committee Partners
- Nevada Division of Forestry
- Nevada Depatment of Wildlife
- Nevada Division of Conservation Districts
- Nevada Division of Environmental Protection
- Nevada Association of Counties
- Nevada Division of Minerals
- Nevada Department of Agriculture
- Nevada Department of Transportation
- US Department of Agriculture (NRCS)
- USDA Forest Service
- USDA Agricultural Research Service
- USDA Farm Service Agency
- US Department of Interior Bureau of Land Management
- University of Nevada, Reno
- Nevada Mining Association
- Resource Concepts, Inc.
- Nevada Natural Heritage Program
The Nevada seedbank is located south (direction) of the Washoe State Tree Nursery entrance. Inside the building are stored thousands of pounds of native and adapted seed. Seed mixing and bagging equipment are also found within. The seedbank’s list of equipment includes:
- One International bulldozer
- Two full and two half-size range drills
- Two 4×4 Quads with electric harrows and seeders
- One seed mixer, bagger and sewer
- One forklift
The Seedbank’s first year of operation in 1996 was a busy one. 68,816 pounds of seed were applied to 8,581 acres among eight different rehabilitation projects. The Autumn Hills Fire in Douglas County was among the Seedbank’s projects in 1996. Almost 39,000 pounds of seed were applied to over 2,100 acres.
Seedbank Program Coordinator
2478 Fairview Drive
Carson City, Nevada 89701