The Rogue Native Plant Partnership (RNPP) formed organically after several meetings among local land managers to discuss the challenges surrounding native plant material availability in the Rogue Basin starting in August 2016. It quickly became clear that improved coordination among local growers and land managers was needed to meet the native plant and seed related needs for local restoration work while supporting a viable local native plant economy.
Since its genesis, RNPP has developed into a diverse partnership of over 40 organizations including federal and state agencies, local non-profits, commercial growers, indigenous tribes, land trusts, and other private landowners who meet regularly to take on the many native plant-related challenges faced in the Rogue Basin. Through regular stakeholder meetings and the work of a part-time coordinator, RNPP has cultivated a list of stakeholder concerns, a 5-year plan for dealing with these concerns. RNPP also built a partnership website (www.roguenativeplants.org) with an events calendar, resources library, and an online marketplace for native plants and seeds. They also coordinate regular volunteer-powered seed collection events aimed at educating the public about native plants while providing wild-collected seed for local restoration projects.
Progress towards fulfilling RNPP’s mission would not be possible without the support of a number of funding organizations including the Bureau of Land Management, Klamath Siskiyou National Forest, US Fish and Wildlife Service, Oregon Department of Transportation, the Nature Conservancy, Oregon State Parks and through RBP’s role as fiscal sponsor for these funding opportunities.
Looking forward, RNPP is positioned as leader and innovator within the realm of native plant materials in Southern Oregon and Northern California with plans to build on past successes while continuing to develop more solutions to the challenges faced in the Rogue Basin surrounding native plant production and procurement.
To read more about the RNPP, visit their website at: https://www.roguenativeplants.org/