Co-founded in 2014 by partners Suzie Savoie and Luke Ruediger, as part of Siskiyou Ecological Services LLC, Klamath-Siskiyou Native Seeds encourages the use of bioregional, localized genetic seed stock for native plantings and habitat restoration.
After working in the horticultural nursery industry for seven years with both native and ornamental plants from around the world, Suzie returned to her roots with what originally inspired her love of botany: the flora of the Klamath-Siskiyou Ecoregion. Suzie has a B.A. in English with an emphasis in Creative Writing, leading to her passion for nature writing and environmental journalism. Suzie was an editor of The Siskiyou Crest: Hikes, History & Ecology, a book devoted to the unique ecology of the Siskiyou Mountains, and co-author of Native Pollinator Plants for Southern Oregon, an introductory guide for native pollinator plants in southern Oregon. Suzie is the Conservation Chair for the Siskiyou Chapter Native Plant Society of Oregon and an avid hiker, backpacker, gardener, native plant propagator and off-grid homesteader.
Luke Ruediger grew up in southwest Oregon and began exploring the region’s unique habitat and terrain at an early age. He has done ecologically based forest restoration and land stewardship work for 19 years and has incorporated native seed sowing into his practice. Living with Suzie in a remote, off-grid homestead at the foot of the Siskiyou Crest, Luke enjoys long, rugged bushwhacks and backpacks, endemic wildflowers, and big tree hunting. Fascinated by the region’s beauty and diversity, Luke has long worked to preserve, restore, and protect the ecological integrity of the Siskiyou Mountains, through both environmental activism and land stewardship. Luke is on the board of the Applegate Trails Association and is the author of The Siskiyou Crest: Hikes, History & Ecology, a hiking and natural history guide to the Siskiyou Mountains of southwest Oregon and northern California. He also writes a blog about the Siskiyou Mountains and other regional land-based topics titled, Siskiyou Crest: Observations, Comments & Perspectives. View this blog at www.thesiskiyoucrest.blogspot.com