Hamilton Seed Strategy
OPRA has recently joined the Ontario Biodiversity Council, and in 2017 will be launching a pilot Seed Strategy in the Hamilton region. The seed strategy will cordinate the salvage and propagation of ecoogically valueable native plant species within the region. In coordination with the City of Hamilton, the Hamilton Conservation Authority, Hamilton Naturalists Club, the North American Native Plant Society, St. Williams Nursery, and others, these plants will be returned to natural lands and public gardens around Hamilton.
Our short-term funding goals include:
-$2000 to help us plant our first seed conservation orchard in Hamilton using native plants derived from seed sources within the watershed, including edibles, such as American Plum and Black Currant.
-$1500 to help us attend the US National Native Seed Conference in Washington. There is nothing like this in Ontario, and we have much to learn from the sophisticated network of native seed collectors and growers in the USA
-$500 to help us throw a plant-sale fundraiser in spring 2017 in support of future seed salvage projects.
- $1000 to help us get officially incorporated as a not-for-profit organization, allowing us to apply for government grants and keep growing.
Focal Species in the Hamilton region:
Wild Crabapple, Malus coronaria
Prickly Ash, Xanthoxylem americanum
Black Currant, Ribies americanum
Wild Plum, Prunus americana
Chinquapin Oak, Quercus muhlembergii
Witch Hazel, Hammemelis virginiana
Service Berries, Amelanchier sp.
Leatherwood, Dirca palustris
Rock Elm, Ulmus thomasii
New Jersey Tea, Ceanothus americana
Poor Robin's Plantain, Erigeron pulchellus
Hairy Beard-tongue, Penstemon hirsutus
Slender Wheat Grass, Elymus trachycaulus
Canada Rye, Elymus canadensis
Flowering Spurge, Euphorbia corolata
Parlins Pussey Toes, Antennaria parlinii
Butterfly Milkweed, Asclepias tuberosa
Giant St. Johns Wort, Hypericum ascyron
Sweetflag, Acorus americanus
Prairie Cinquefoil, Drymocallis arguta
Dwarf White Goldenrod, Solidago ptarmicoides,
Stout Goldenrod, Solidago squarrosa
Bluebells, Mertensia virginica
Limber Honeysuckle, Lonicera dioica (below)