Native Seed Warehouse, Unique To Western Slope
KREX News Room
DELTA, Colo.- Native seeds will be harvested and then stored in a Delta Warehouse that's first of its kind, to help restore disturbed land from wildfires and other over developed areas.
About 140,000 pounds of seed are currently stored in the warehouse before being dispersed to help re-vegetate soil for animals and damaged by wildfires.
There's over 30 native seeds in the Delta warehouse which officials say will only be distributed along the Western Slope.
"They're stored in climate-control conditions, and they can last for years here. When we have a fire or a big project, the seed is going to be available," said Joe Lewandowski, spokesperson for Colorado Parks and Wildlife.
The warehouse was funded by the Conservation Trust Fund, which is state generated money. Officials say legislators agree this is a beneficial project for Colorado's natural habitat and wildlife.
"It's going to be a great asset for the environment in Western Colorado," said Lewandowski.
All the seeds in the warehouse are native to Colorado though some are harvested in Washington, and other neighboring States.