Good News! The Botany Bill a.ka., H.R. 1572, was reintroduced on March 6th, 2019 in the U.S. House of Representatives!
What is the Botany Bill? The Botany Bill promotes botanical research & sciences capacity, generates demand for native plant materials, & authorizes related federal activities.
This bipartisan legislation allows federal agencies to act with the expertise required to preserve unique American landscapes & emphasizes the importance of protecting native plants & ecosystems. Learn more here.
What you can do to help advocate for the Botany Bill:
You can contact your local representatives to voice your support. Here is a LINK to helpful wording for your email or voice message.
Representatives Contact Information:
Southern Rockies Seed Network Program News
Southern Rockies Seed Network Hires a Program Director
In April 2019, the Southern Rockies Seed Network’s Executive Director, John Giordanengo welcomed their new Program Director, Ashley Bruner to the organization. Ashley will lead efforts to implement SRSN’s main operational goal to create collaborative solutions that result in the development and use of ecotypic plant materials. This main goal is broken out into these four areas: improving consistency and quantity in seed demand, collaborative research, enhancing the capacity to produce ecotypic plant materials in our region, and facilitating the production/increase of seed and container stock.
Ms. Bruner brings a diverse background, she grew up on a farm raising various crops, livestock, and horses. She obtained her B.S. in Agriculture Business from the University of Wyoming, and then went on to work for the U.S. Forest Service in information services, fire, and timber. She worked for the State of Wyoming’s Department of Agriculture in rural, and economic development for four years, working with communities and various local, state, and federal agencies. For the past 10 years she led the marketing department for an automation company, helping grow the business from 14 million in revenue to over 60 million in revenue in 2018.
Ashley is excited to join the effort to work with farmers in the region to grow more ecotypic plants, and to promote those seeds and plants both to current partners, and to expand the knowledge of, and use of native ecotype plants in Colorado and Wyoming!