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Proceedings of Past Forest Nursery Association Meetings:

Promoting Gene Conservation through Seed and Plant Procurement
Marylee Guinon
1992: Fallen Leaf Lake, CA
Genetic conservation is the protection and preservation of the
genetic raw materials of adaptation and evolution. The need to account for
genetic conservation, coupled with the significant increase in demand for a
plethora of native species, presents new challenges to the nursery industry.
General seed and plant procurement guidelines are provided for conserva-
tion of genetic resources on public and private lands. The genetic implica-
tions of seed and plant procurement are discussed, and current and needed
information is identified. Guidelines for the propagation of species of known
genetic architecture, species of unknown genetic architecture, narrowly
endemic species, and rare and endangered species are presented. The
guidelines are intended to assist land managers in making informed decisions
about genetic conservation.
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