The PMC leads Alaska in reclamation, erosion control, research, technology and knowledge transfer, and revegetation. Research priorities include the use of dormant seedlings to extend planting seasons, cost-effective methods of willow planting, and wetland ecosystem restoration. This program has gathered at least 275 plot-years of information from sites around the state, and developed 11 new cultivars and 33 natural "Selected Class" germplasms for release.The PMC maintains these collections, as well as the 9 cultivars developed by the University of Alaska Fairbanks and the Agriculture Research Service for use in revegetation and reclamation.
What is Revegetation?
Revegetation is the process of covering bare ground (usually raw mineral soils) with native perennial plants, and is one of the primary activities of the Alaska Plant Materials Center.
The Plant Materials Center can assist with seed mixture recommendations, application rates and application methods.
Review reclamation plans for content and provide suggestions.
Establish reclamation test plots around the state. Test plots are developed to coordinate trials and evaluate the results. Specie or species mixtures, seeding and planting methods might be a few of the reclamation treatments applied.
Implement revegetation projects on the ground, monitor (qualitative and quantitative) and report.
Assist companies and agencies with onsite species identification, seed collection, and processing and cleaning for future revegetation use.
Conduct baseline vegetation survey (prior to site disturbances) from the site to be disturbed and reference sites nearby. Reference sites will assist the client when determining a seed mix during reclamation.
Site visits to conduct monitoring or to provide assistance with revegetation questions and problems.