Scientific experts have identified the lack of availability of locally-sourced native plant seeds as one of the greatest challenges to monarch and pollinator habitat restoration. Our Tribal Alliance for Pollinators (TAP) has addressed the shortage of locally sourced seeds by creating a communal native seed bank sorted by eco-region that is available at no cost to tribes engaged in habitat restoration. Comprehensive-training, equipment, seed-cleaning and supplies are also provided by TAP to the tribes at no charge.
The TAP Seed Bank is the largest native plant seed bank in the region and currently includes 153 species of native plants. Seeds are identified, collected, processed, catalogued and stored using scientific protocols developed in consultation with botanists at the University of Oklahoma.