Boosting Wetland Conservation Results with Native Seed Mixes

From massive flooding to a decreasing pollinator population, the environment needs a rescue plan. As the United States struggles with flooding and habitat loss, many are left wondering what they can do to help. Thankfully, promoting wetland conservation can mitigate these environmental dilemmas.

Wetlands are an essential ecosystem due to their crucial role in the environment. Wetland management and conservation helps prevent flooding, reduce water flow and process pollution. Wetlands also help stabilize riverbanks and streams, thereby reducing erosion. In addition, native wetland plants provide excellent support for pollinator populations. These are just some of the reasons why landscape architects are using wetland seed mixes for their restoration projects. With so many natural benefits from thriving wetlands, native seed mixes help make these projects successful.

More wetland protection acts are being passed at federal and state levels. As a result, there is renewed hope for wetland restoration projects and rehabilitation. Wetlands play such an important role in preventing flooding and preserving pollinators that they are beginning to make headlines as a vital conservation initiative. Choosing native seed mixes can contribute to wetland conservation and rehabilitation and help the environment, one project at a time.

Opportunity Knocks: How an Influx of Funding for Wetland Conservation Could Kickstart Your Next Big Project

Local, state and federal governments are listening to wetland conservation proposals around the country. Significant dollar amounts are being allocated to these crucial projects, and it’s likely we’ll continue to see more opportunities for grant money into the future.

Native Seeds in Wetland Systems and Natural Water Treatment

Wetlands provide important ecosystem processes that help keep our communities safe and healthy. Project planners should (as always) aim to create diverse, resilient native plant wetland communities.

Benefits of Using Diverse Native Seed Mixes for Wetland Restoration Efforts

Native seed mixes are a vital part of any conservation project and provide ways to rehabilitate wetlands. Our native seed mixes include many native wildflower and grass species. The root systems of native plants act as binding agents to control erosion in streams and on shorelines and riverbeds.

Some of the most profound benefits of supplementing wetland restoration efforts with
native seed mixes include:

  • Storing stormwater runoff: wetlands protect surrounding communities and habitats by absorbing flood water into its soil, then slowly releasing the excess water as the flooding recedes.
  • Improving water quality: wetlands act as a filtration system for pollutants through physical, chemical and biological processes.
  • Storing carbon: wetlands store between 20 and 30% of soil carbon despite the fact that wetlands only cover approximately 7% of the earth’s surface.
  • Preserving pollinators: wetlands support pollinators as a vital habitat for these species through native vegetation and wildflowers.

Since a variety of bees, butterflies, and birds are attracted to wetlands, some native seed mixes can aid in preserving those pollinator populations. By drawing in native pollinators, wetlands can once again become healthy, biodiverse environments.

Glacial Mines Wetlands with native plants

Native wetland grasses Assateague Salt Marsh by Mark Garrett

Native seed on Emery Raber Wetland

native seeds on private wetland and pond

wetlands and pond on private property with native grasses and plants

native seed on man-made wetland in northeastern Pennsylvania

Support Wetland Restoration with Diverse Native Seed Mixes

Wetlands are a valued asset to our environment. For over 30 years, Ernst Seeds has supported wetland conservation by growing, processing, and selling hundreds of native seed species for wetland restoration and reclamation. Ernst Seeds offers hundreds of native seed mixes designed for specific geographical locations.

As wetland restoration projects have specific needs, we are happy to create a seed mix that is right for you.

To learn more about our seed mixes and individual species, click here or use our Wetland Indicator Map to find proper plant species for your needs based on the region
and soil composition.

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