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Proceedings of Past Forest Nursery Association Meetings:

Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) Native Plants for the Pacific
Scott Lambert
1997: Boise, ID
The Plant Materials Program of USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (formerly Soil
Conservation Service) has been working with and developing plant cultivars since the 1930's for
conservation purposes. The Plant Materials Program, through Plant Materials Centers (PMC), have
evaluated and released conservation plants that were collected in the USA as well as other parts of
the world. Initially, the program concentrated on testing, evaluating, releasing cultivars, and
maintaining original seed or plants of conservation grasses and legumes for rangelands and
pasturelands, trees and shrubs for windbreaks and shelterbelts, and cover crops for roadbanks and
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