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We, the Institute for Applied Ecology, Inc. dba Native Seed Network (NSN) are not a broker of any transaction, but a facilitator to bring buyers and sellers together. For this reason, you will be the only one to determine if a particular buyer is credit worthy, what credit terms, if any, you will accept and whether you have the exact product that the buyer is requesting. To prevent false inflation of seed prices, you agree not to purchase the seed you have placed for sale on the NSN website.

You agree to comply with all federal, state and local laws in selling and distributing seed.

You agree that you understand that if you provide information concerning seed prices and quantities of seed for sale, this information is posted on the web and is viewable by any visitor of the website.

VENUE AND CHOICE OF LAW: Any and all disagreements shall be resolved in Benton County, Oregon, subject to Oregon law.

MANDATORY MEDIATION AND ARBITRATION: You agree to mediate any and all controversies that may arise between us under this agreement. If, at the conclusion of the mediation, we are unable to reach an agreement, it is agreed that the parties submit the question in dispute to the mediator who shall impose a binding determination upon the parties. The parties agree to submit their disagreement to the mediation/arbitration process pursuant to the rules laid out by the American Arbitration Association.

INDEMNIFICATION: In the event that a product supplied by you is defective or otherwise does not perform as expected and we are forced to become involved in the disagreement between you and the buyer of your product, you agree to indemnify, defend and hold us harmless for all costs associated with defending ourselves on your behalf. The NSN’s liability is limited to the dollar amount of the disputed transaction(s).

You agree to be bound by this agreement and all succeeding changes to it. These changes will either be electronically submitted to you or mailed to you at least thirty days in advance of any change in the agreement.

Privacy Policy

Thank you for taking the time to review the privacy policy of the Institute for Applied Ecology, Inc., dba Native Seed Network (NSN). We respect your online privacy and are committed to protecting it. The NSN has established this privacy policy so that you can understand how NSN collects your personal information and uses it. Any questions regarding this policy can be directed to webmaster@nativeseednetwork.org.

Why NSN collects personal information about you

NSN uses personal information to better understand your needs and interests and to customize the information and services we provide you.

What NSN collects and how we use it

Visitor (non-member) information is collected and stored automatically. As is typical, we log HTTP requests to our server. This means that we know the IP address from which you access our website, your browser and platform type, and referral data such as the website from which you linked to NSN’s website. We occasionally analyze the log files to determine which files are most requested and, if you linked to an NSN web page from another site, the site that prompted the request. You do not have to register with NSN before we can collect this information.

The information we collect is anonymous and non-personal—we make no effort to identify public users of our site. Data that we collect are used only for server administration and web protocol research. This statement applies to non-member interactions with NSN’s web servers. It does not apply to email sent to NSN staff or lists. Email interactions are guided by general net-etiquette conventions.

Logged, anonymous information is kept indefinitely as administrative and research material. We use this information to help make our site more useful to visitors. Non-identifying statistics generated from this information may be reported as part of research results.

Personal (member) information collected

We use member-related personal information for the purposes of administering the NSN, and communicating and collaborating with our members. Members’ interactions with the site are authenticated; consequently, we have the capability to identify you and your activities and to store personal information that you provide us.

NSN collects personal information in the following ways from different parts of its website:

Correspondence: If you contact NSN via phone, fax, or email, we may keep a record of that correspondence. Correspondence is considered personal information and is treated as such with respect to privacy. NSN from time to time may contact you via email about changes or enhancements to the website.

Marketplace: Any information you provide is stored in our database and associated with your personal profile. NSN uses this information to track general information and trends, such as species for sale, seed quantities, and prices.

Registration: By requesting a password, you are added to our Registration database where your personal profile is maintained. This profile consists of the information that you supply plus administrative data for the seed tracking, marketplace, and other activities in which you participate. Your password is sent to you by email. If you request a new password, it will be computer generated and sent to your email address automatically. NSN website administrators do have access to your password so that they may assist you if you need it.

Seed Tracking: A goal of NSN is to track native seed. Thus, any information you provide about native seed, such as taxon and source location, is stored in our database for use in seed tracking and is associated with your personal profile. If you complete any online forms this information may be shared, as required, with the federal and state agencies that own the land from which seed is collected.

Who we share it with

We respect your privacy. Please be assured that your information will never be sold to an external marketing company. Any personally identifiable information you share with NSN is maintained and accessible only by NSN staff, unless otherwise noted here. The data that NSN collects and maintains are not disclosed for any reason to any third party, except as required by law enforcement agencies with proper jurisdiction and documentation.

Personal information that may be disclosed:

Seed collection information: The Bureau of Land Management (BLM), other Federal and State agencies, and private landowners can request reports about seed collections conducted on their lands. NSN will provide this information for all permitted and non-permitted seed collections. If you complete entries for Source Location Registry, Certificate of Genetic Provenance, Seed Listings, or Seed Accessions, your information may be shared with agencies that own the land on which the seed was collected. Upon request from you, we may also share information with the Association of Official Seed Certifying Agencies to facilitate certification of your collections.

NSN recognizes the value and importance of site-specific seed collection information. NSN takes the utmost care to safeguard this information. NSN will not make this information available to other seed collectors. We share collection information, such as collection frequency, intensity and population size data, with the permitting federal and state agencies that are mandated by law to manage native populations on land they own.

Seed for sale: Sellers should be aware that information concerning seed prices and quantities of seed for sale are posted on the web and are viewable by any person who visits the website.

Access and accuracy

To access and edit your personal information, login and go to My Account. Then select Edit My Profile.

Security

NSN has security measures in place to attempt to protect against the loss, misuse and alteration of your personal information under our control. While we cannot guarantee that loss, misuse or alteration to personal data will not occur, we take many precautions to prevent such unfortunate occurrences.

NSN uses physical, electronic, and procedural safeguards to protect any personally identifiable data stored on our computers and premises. Only authorized employees have access to the information you provide us. All of your user areas are password protected.

Site License Agreement

  1. Eligibility Requirements: You must be 18 years or older to register on the NSN website.
  2. Truthful Disclosure: You agree to provide information that is truthful and as accurate and complete as possible.
  3. Fair Use: You agree to use the site as per the instructions, to not disclose passwords to others for use, and to allow NSN the license to utilize information you submit or post to the site. You agree not to break into the site or use website materials, products, or services to violate the law. Use of the site is at the discretion of NSN, and your privileges can be revoked by NSN at any time.
  4. Screening: Screening ensures that you are providing appropriate information, enables you to get feedback, and protects others from being misled. NSN staff reviews seller registration user information.
  5. Copyright: All images, words and other information in this website are copyrighted and are the exclusive intellectual property of NSN and the Institute for Applied Ecology, Inc.
  6. License: All software is licensed to NSN and the Institute for Applied Ecology, Inc.
  7. Liability: NSN makes every attempt to ensure the accuracy of the information provided on the website. NSN is not responsible for damages of all kinds regarding use of the site, errors on the site, viruses on the site, failure of the site or third-party links to operate, and any purchases or services.

By accepting this license agreement, you agree that:
Buyer Agreement

We, the Institute for Applied Ecology, Inc dba Native Seed Network (NSN) are not a broker of this transaction, but a facilitator to bring buyers and sellers together.

By using this website to find seeds to purchase, you agree and understand that NSN is not the seller of any product listed on this website and that your exclusive remedy is against the Seller of any such product and that NSN therefore does not warrant the product in any manner and expressly DISCLAIMS ANY WARRANTY OF MERCHANTIBILITY AND WARRANTY FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE.

Any disagreement with respect to the purchase of any product that you believe is the responsibility of NSN shall be submitted first to mediation and if it cannot be resolved, then it shall be submitted to binding arbitration before the mediator pursuant to the rules of the American Arbitration Association.

You agree to comply with all federal, state and local laws in your use of native seed acquired.

VENUE AND CHOICE OF LAW: Any and all disagreements shall be resolved in Benton County, Oregon, subject to Oregon law.

MANDATORY MEDIATION AND ARBITRATION: You agree to mediate any and all controversies that may arise between us under this agreement. If, at the conclusion of the mediation, we are unable to reach an agreement, it is agreed that the parties submit the question in dispute to the mediator who shall impose a binding determination upon the parties. The parties agree to submit their disagreement to the mediation/arbitration process pursuant to the rules laid out by the American Arbitration Association.

You agree to be bound by this agreement and all succeeding changes to it. These changes will either be electronically submitted to you or mailed to you at least thirty days in advance of any change in the agreement.

Seller Agreement

We, the Institute for Applied Ecology, Inc. dba Native Seed Network (NSN) are not a broker of any transaction, but a facilitator to bring buyers and sellers together. For this reason, you will be the only one to determine if a particular buyer is credit worthy, what credit terms, if any, you will accept and whether you have the exact product that the buyer is requesting.

You agree to comply with all federal, state and local laws in selling and distributing seed.

You agree that you understand that if you provide information concerning seed prices and quantities of seed for sale, this information is posted on the web and is viewable by any NSN member who has registered as a Buyer.

VENUE AND CHOICE OF LAW: Any and all disagreements shall be resolved in Benton County, Oregon, subject to Oregon law.

MANDATORY MEDIATION AND ARBITRATION: You agree to mediate any and all controversies that may arise between us under this agreement. If, at the conclusion of the mediation, we are unable to reach an agreement, it is agreed that the parties submit the question in dispute to the mediator who shall impose a binding determination upon the parties. The parties agree to submit their disagreement to the mediation/arbitration process pursuant to the rules laid out by the American Arbitration Association.

INDEMNIFICATION: In the event that a product supplied by you is defective or otherwise does not perform as expected and we are forced to become involved in the disagreement between you and the buyer of your product, you agree to indemnify, defend and hold us harmless for all costs associated with defending ourselves on your behalf. The NSN’s liability is limited to the dollar amount of the disputed transaction(s).

You agree to be bound by this agreement and all succeeding changes to it. These changes will either be electronically submitted to you or mailed to you at least thirty days in advance of any change in the agreement.

Collector Agreement

Seed collectors agree to use truthful and accurate information when completing seed tracking forms on the NSN website. As a seed Collector, you agree to gain permission from the landowner prior to collecting wild seed. Seed collection on public land requires an agency-issued seed collection permit, and seed collection on private land requires a signed letter of permission from the landowner. You agree to comply with all federal, state and local laws while collecting, processing and distributing seed.

VENUE AND CHOICE OF LAW: Any and all disagreements shall be resolved in Benton County, Oregon, subject to Oregon law.

MANDATORY MEDIATION AND ARBITRATION: You agree to mediate any and all controversies that may arise between us under this agreement. If, at the conclusion of the mediation, we are unable to reach an agreement, it is agreed that the parties submit the question in dispute to the mediator who shall impose a binding determination upon the parties. The parties agree to submit their disagreement to the mediation/arbitration process pursuant to the rules laid out by the American Arbitration Association.

You agree to be bound by this agreement and all succeeding changes to it. These changes will either be electronically submitted to you or mailed to you at least thirty days in advance of any change in the agreement.

We recommend that seed be collected in a manner that minimizes potential impacts to natural populations. Rare and endangered species have unique collection guidelines as well as many legal restrictions. Consult the appropriate agency for collection permits and guidelines when collecting these species. Below are some recommended seed collection and handling guidelines for species that are NOT considered rare or endangered. The six following recommendations should be interpreted as guidelines, not terms of agreement.

  1. To capture genetic variability, collect a small portion of seed from as many individuals as possible throughout the range of the population.
  2. Carefully monitor collection intensity and maintain a record of the percent of the population sampled. Some experts recommend collecting less than 50% of the seed from populations of perennial plant species, and less than 25% of the seed from populations of annual species (per year). Alternating collection years at a site is also recommended.
  3. Use careful taxonomy and clean handling procedures to reduce contamination from seed of nonnative species.
  4. To preserve seed and ensure viability, collect mature seed into paper bags and keep seeds cool (i.e., place in a cooler). Even a half-hour in a hot car can significantly reduce viability. Avoid collecting seed in the rain.
  5. Collected material should be well aerated and stored in a cool, dry place. Separate seed from chaff. Clean, dry seed can then be transferred to a plastic or nylon mesh bag and refrigerated. The Center for Plant Conservation (Guidelines for the Management of Orthodox Seeds, 1996) recommends 5-12 °C (refrigerator) with a moisture content of less than 7% for medium term storage, and -18 °C (freezer) with a moisture content of less than 7% for long-term storage.
  6. Carefully label seed containers.


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