The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Natural Resources Conservation Service provides valuable information through its Plant Materials Program.
The Plant Materials Program, with its 27 Plant Materials Centers (PMCs), cooperates with a variety of public and private conservation partners to collect, evaluate, select and release plants which are intended for commercial production to solve resource conservation problems. This testing helps insure that the plants grow under a variety of climates and soil types and will perform as needed.
Very few NRCS plant releases have been genetically manipulated and many are now being selected to maximize genetic diversity. During testing, all NRCS plant collections are evaluated to insure that they are not weedy, invasive or harmful to the environment.
Established 1959, the Bridger Plant Materials Center (MTPMC) provides plant solutions for the diverse ecosystems here in Wyoming.