Klamath-Siskiyou Native Seeds provides the general public, gardeners, nurseries, habitat restoration practitioners and land managers with wild collected seeds from the Klamath-Siskiyou region of northwest California and southwest Oregon.
Co-founded in 2014 by husband and wife team, 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, native gardens, and habitat restoration.
Suzie Savoie helps lead Klamath-Siskiyou Native Seeds with a strong dedication for sustainabilty and ecological integrity. 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 region. 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. She created the Troon Vineyard Native Plant & Pollinator Botanical Garden in the Applegate Valley. You can learn more in her Zoom presentation about the creation of the botanical garden here: https://vimeo.com/782177156 Suzie has long been on the boards and advisory boards of numerous non-profit conservation organizations and is an avid hiker, backpacker, gardener, native plant propagator and off-grid homesteader. Among many other accomplishments, Suzie helped create the local film, Sagebrush to Sea: A Journey Across the Siskiyou Crest. You can view the film at: https://vimeo.com/709219578
Luke Ruediger grew up in southwest Oregon and began exploring the region’s unique habitat and terrain at an early age, at times spending up to a third of the year in the backcountry. He has done ecologically based forest restoration and land stewardship work for 21 years and has incorporated native seed collecting and 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 the author of The Siskiyou Crest: Hikes, History & Ecology, a hiking and natural history guide to the Siskiyou Mountains of southwest Oregon and northwest California. He also writes a blog about the Siskiyou Mountains and other regional land-based topics, Siskiyou Crest: Observations, Comments & Perspectives. View this blog at www.siskiyoucrest.com Luke is Executive Director of Applegate Siskiyou Alliance, a non-profit dedicated to the conservation of the Applegate River watershed in southwest Oregon and northwest California, https://applegatesiskiyoualliance.org And he also runs the Siskiyou Office of Klamath Forest Alliance, which promotes sustainable ecosystems and communities in the Klamath Mountains, https://klamathforestalliance.org/
Suzie and Luke in the Red Buttes Wilderness