Interesting that this topic comes up... because I have a concern for a thought that I had (call this my confession)
We were out in East Texas... a few weeks ago with a couple of people from our county parks and wildlife system... who, I might add... have received permits to collect from certain areas.
Anyway, we learned of an area that was on the drawing boards to be mowed down for a highway expansion... In the line of the higway was a ton of S. alatathe and some sundews.... that I didn't even really look at ( I think butterworts too).
So... I was sitting there... wondering what someone could do to help save the population... and keep it all from being totally destroyed.
So the idea came up... to have an organized collection ... and attempt to get permits for such activity.
I have a VERY strong ethical issue with pulling anything from the wild... ANYTHING, not to mention CPs. *I was even having a problem pulling passion vines from behind my house, when they were about to level the field for new homes... but I did it anyway, in an effort to save them =-\
Anyway... so... is an organized collection with a permit a good idea? Is there an ethical issue with doing such a thing? *I have mixed feelings... I mean, I'd hate to have the placed mowed down for a new highway... but I'd also hate to pull plants, period. *
Now... we wouldn't sell the stock if we did this... we'd put it in our own bog... and maybe try to transplant it elsewhere.. where other similar plans were growing... * But Still it *IS* field collected.
So where's the line... where do we draw a line between saving plants and selfishly raping the land... *Though I'd love these wild plants in a man made bog... I'd also just assume leave them in their natural habitat.... *but if the habitat is destroyed, we have lost all the way around =(
I'm contemplating this .... and have thought about it a few times since the visit to East Texas... * If I had the time and energy, I'd be on the phone Monday with the TX dept of transportation who owns the land.... and see what permission is required since the plants aren't protected specifically.
Any thoughts, opinions, etc would be much appreciated [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/smile.gif[/img] * At the very least, it will guide me in drawing the line... for myself morally and ethically!