MAINE PLANT MATERIALS STRATEGIC PLAN
The Maine Plant Materials Committee developed this plan to address plant materials
needs for the next 5 years. This is not a static document and may be altered as conditions
and priorities change. It should be used to guide annual activity scheduling in state and
field office business plans.
This long range plan addresses new plant development and plant systems technology.
The plan integrates new activities with older, on-going projects. It includes training
needs, technology transfer to other partners, and the movement of new plant selections
from the Plant Materials Center.
New plant development creates the need for plants to be field tested in Maine, and for
species collections as seed or plants. These actions are key to progress at the Plant
Materials Center(s) and also important to the engagement of field offices and
conservation districts with the PM Program.
II. LONG RANGE PLAN DEVELOPMENT
This Long Range Plan (LRP) was developed in accordance with the revised National
Plant Materials Manual, Part 540.01. The listing of identified customer, resource and
program needs was developed by the Maine state Plant Materials Committee. The Plant
Materials Committee is comprised of NRCS employees who have an interest in plant
materials work. See Appendix A for a listing of committee members and advisors.
Along with input provided by the committee members and other NRCS and non-NRCS
partners, additional references, such as a 2006 employee PM survey and previously
drafted LRP from 9/21/2001, were used to help identify and prioritize problems and
recommended action items. These references are listed in Appendix B. Action items are
categorized by the top five NRCS goals and objectives as listed in the USDA Natural
Resources Conservation Service Strategic Plan 2005-2010 – Productive Lands, Healthy
Environment, and the National Plant Materials Program Strategic Plan 2006-2010.
III. NRCS GOALS, NEEDS, RECOMMENDED A