A seed business blooms in Nevada

  • Ed Kleiner Jr. prepares seeds for bagging at Comstock Seed Co.

    Tim Dunn
  After Nevada enacted a mining reclamation law in 1989, a 10-year-old native seed company began to blossom.


Comstock Seed, based in Reno, Nev., found requests poured in for seeds for native shrubs, wildflowers and wild grass as mining reclamation work became "our biggest and most booming market," says owner Ed Kleiner Jr.


To meet the growing demand, Comstock Seed constantly combs the land for seeds from plants such as monkeyflower, blanketflower and poppies.


The average annual haul - 30,000 to 50,000 pounds of seed - is hand-gathered from Mexico to Canada by Kleiner and his crews. The best pickers, says Kleiner, are 40- to 50-year-old women. "They are patient and thorough, and come out with much more than the speedy young guys."


Reclamation under the new law means that companies must save topsoil, control erosion, isolate and remove toxic materials, recontour and revegetate disturbed areas, and rehabilitate habitat for fish and wildlife. It also requires new operations larger than five acres to pay a bond before beginning work. The company gets its bond money only after state inspectors say reclamation at the mining site is satisfactory.


BLM's Deputy State Director for Minerals, Tom Leshendok, says federal and state agencies are increasingly moving toward reseeding with natural and native vegetation.


For more information, contact Comstock Seed, 8520 W. 4th St., Reno, NV 89523 (702/746-3681).


* Kelly Clark





Kelly Clark writes in Carson City, Nevada.


High Country News Classifieds
  • MEMBERSHIP MANAGER
    For more information visit www. wyofile.com/careers/
  • THRIVING LOCAL HEALTH FOOD STORE FOR SALE
    Turn-key business opportunity. Successful well established business with room to grow. Excellent highway visibility.
  • DEVELOPMENT DIRECTOR
    For more information, visit www.wyofile.com/careers/
  • SONORAN INSTITUTE, CEO
    Chief Executive Officer Tucson, Arizona ABOUT SONORAN INSTITUTE Since 1990, the Sonoran Institute has brought together diverse interests to successfully forge effective and enduring conservation...
  • STAFF ATTORNEY
    STAFF ATTORNEY POSITION OPENING www.westernlaw.org/about-us/clinic-interns-careers The Western Environmental Law Center (WELC) is a high-impact, nonprofit public interest environmental law firm with a 27-year legacy using...
  • PROJECT MANAGER
    Position Summary Join our Team at the New Mexico Land Conservancy! We're seeking a Project Manager who will work to protect land and water across...
  • SEEKING PROPERTY FOR BISON HERD
    Seeking additional properties for a herd of 1,000 AUM minimum. Interested in partnering with landowners looking to engage in commercial and/or conservation bison ranching. Location...
  • DIRECTOR OF PRODUCT AND MARKETING
    High Country News seeks a Director of Product and Marketing to join our senior team during an exciting chapter of innovation and growth. This individual...
  • WILDLIFE HAVEN
    Beautiful acreage with Teton Creek flowing through it. Springs and ponds, lots of trees, moose and deer. Property has barn. Easy access. approx. 33 acres.
  • ARIZONA CONSERVATION CORPS PROGRAM DIRECTOR
    Arizona Conservation Corps is seeking a Program Director in Flagstaff or Tucson
  • COPPER STAIN: ASARCO'S LEGACY IN EL PASO
    Tales from scores of ex-employees unearth the human costs of an economy that runs on copper.
  • EXPERT LAND STEWART
    Available for site conservator, property manager. View resume at http://skills.ojadigital.net.
  • CONSERVATIONIST? IRRIGABLE LAND?
    Stellar seed-saving NGO is available to serious partner. Package must include financial support. Details: http://seeds.ojaidigital.net.
  • CANYONLANDS FIELD INSTITUTE
    Colorado Plateau Natural & Human History Field Seminars. Lodge, river, hiking options. Small groups, guest experts.
  • WESTERN NATIVE SEED
    Specializing in native seeds and seed mixes for western states.
  • CHUCK BURR'S CULTUREQUAKE.COM BLOG
    Change will happen when we see a new way of living. Thinking to save the world.
  • COMING TO TUCSON?
    Popular vacation house, furnished, 2 bed/1 bath, yard, dog-friendly. Lee at [email protected] or 520-791-9246.
  • OJO CALIENTE COMMERCIAL VENTURE
    Outstanding location near the world famous Ojo Caliente Mineral Spring Resort. Classic adobe Mercantile complete w/living quarters, separate 6 unit B&B, metal building and spacious...