Forrest Smith

Director, Texas Native Seeds Program

The Texas Native Seeds Program (TNS) is a native seed development and habitat restoration program of the Caesar Kleberg Wildlife Research Institute. Forrest has worked on native plant restoration initiatives at CKWRI for the last 18 years, and currently leads the statewide TNS effort comprised of six regional projects. TNS and its predecessor, the South Texas Natives Project, have developed and commercialized over 40 native seed products in cooperation with landowners, industry, agencies, and NGOs resulting in many thousands of acres of native wildlife habitat restoration in Texas over the past 2 decades. Much of the success of TNS is a result of the engagement, support, and participation of private landowners in the program.

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