what a shame if the plants dont get rescued
what a shame if the plants dont get rescued
Formerly known as reg
Is there an update on this?
Last year around this time, HoustonHerp and I drove to Covington Louisiana to rescue hundreds of S. alata from a site under development. I am glad we did that.
And yes, we had permission from the owners of the site.
At this point, I would recommend any letter-writers only send pleasantly-worded letters to the developers requesting that NASC be given permission to rescue the plants from the site under development.
No pleas to halt development or nasty letters will help.
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I don't think this is going to go anywhere soon. The problem is that the only plants that I have found are in a ditch along the road. By the time I got the letter to them, all the roads and "public" area on the land had already been cleared. We'll never know if there were cp's there. If they were they are gone forever. I tried to get permission to search the individual lots that will be sold. They told me that they can not give permission for me to remove any plants from that area, that decision is up to the individuals buying the land. Since they have not put up "No Trespassing" signs. It's legal for me to go anywhere on the property I want, until I am told to leave. I have been there but I found no plants at all.
So what can we do? The plants that I have found are not in immediate danger. They are along the main road. All I can do is to keep watching to make sure that they don't clear that area. I have asked that they contact me if they do develop the area with the plants. But I doubt they will.
There are D.brefolia D.capillaris, S.flava, and vfts. on the site. I'm sure I'll ride by there one day and they will all be gone. But that's nothing new in this area.
Just putting a note in: I have 2.5 acres with a very large plot of "wasted" area that receives full sun, and is sheltered on two sides. If, at any time, a holding area for rescue plants is needed I can accomodate with very little work. I have at least an half acre which can be completely filled... maybe with some kiddie pools or plastic tarp and a little water.
All someone has to do is get them to central Oklahoma, and pay the way out for the plants when it's time to split them up.
It's interesting following the plight of this whole effort.
I've been involved on small scale "rescue" efforts in Malaysia and Indonesia in the 90's - essentially talking my clients (landowners and developers) into helping collect as many of the Nepenthes on their property (that were being redeveloped). We collected large quantities of N. rafflesiana, ampullaria, sanguinea, macfarlani and albo-marginata and then had problems figuring out what to do with it all afterwards. We couldn't ship them out of the country and the local folks regarded these "monkey pots" as a pain in the butt weed.
Eventually we replanted a bunch of them on other nearby properties the various people owned...and we also sent some of the seeds to the ICPS seedbank for redistribution.
My old clients tell me that these relocated plants are still thriving to this day.
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ozzy... what stopped you from just going in and taking them? too many? or some ethical thing? Personally, i am not even an environment guru, but i have 3 acres across the street from me, with a few different cool CP's and a couple natives on the few and far between lists in there. acre one got developed. acre 3 got developed. So i went on acre 2 and just took some. they'll be developing that soon. And they raze the area. with no regard to what is there.
The new owners are going to hate me since i go native any chance i can. Which isn't always a pretty landscape like some like down here.
The way i see it they (developers/owners) don't care enough about the property and all the natural vegetation. Otherwise why pull out all the native, and then replant with the crap they do...Oh and such gorgeous cocoplum, and other stuff, i took and planted in my yard...
because to protect you from any legal action the landowners might take, you need permission. everything needs to be legit so you can't be sued and so if you ever want to trade, sell or donate anything you have papers that prove your legit.