Genetic integrity: why do we care? An overview of the issues

Product Type: 

Report, Pages In

Year: 

1995

Author(s): 

Belnap, J

Suggested Citation: 

Belnap, J. 1995. Genetic integrity: why do we care? An overview of the issues. In: Proceedings: Wildland Shrub and Arid Land Restoration Symposium. U.S. Department of Agriculture General Technical Report INT-GTR-315. Washington, D.C.: U.S. Department of Agriculture. 265-266 p.

There are many reasons to be concerned about the use of non-native species or non-local genetic material in restoration efforts. An overview of these issues is resented. It is argued that site restoration is more than just successful vascular plant establishment, and that local plant material should be used whenever possible. However, it is recognized that time and money often constrain restoration efforts, and that maintenance of genetic integrity is often an issue of project scale.