FAQ: How do I decide how many seeds to return to land managers who granted permission for me to collect seeds from the public property they manage?
Abide by any agreements that were made prior to collection (when permission was initially given).
If the land manager desires to augment a declining wild population, CPC recommends beginning with a discussion to review the status of the species and the condition of the habitat before planning an augmentation. Agency staff (federal and/or state) may need to be consulted as well.
It may be necessary to increase the number of seeds via regeneration in a greenhouse before attempting to sow into the wild. See Part 1E, “Curating Small Samples: Increasing the Number of Seeds for Storage and Restoration.”