So, someone on OCPS forums admitted to taking plants from my cities local protected bog.
Needless to say, I wanted to unleash the kracken and destroy this kid. But he is young, and I don't want to scare him away...
Here is part of my response:
I am from Ottawa, and am quite disappointed that anyone would collect from a protected area like Mer Bleu. First off, you collected a plant that is already in cultivation, and which can easily be purchased for cheap. Secondly, you collected from a protected area, without permits. And thirdly, you collected from a population that is under no risk of destruction, and where the genes are secure...
Now, I know you are new to this whole "CP" thing, so here are some "tips" for collecting plants:
First off, never collect plants. You collected a very small portion of the genetic material from the population, and you removed the genetic material you did take, forever.
If you are going to collect, take seeds.
Never, ever, ever, take seeds from a protected area, or an area you don't have permission to take from. Unless you have permits or permission to do so.
If there are not seeds available at the time of year you visit the area, leave the plants be, and go on your way.
Here is the ICPS seed collection policy:
Now, here is my biggest issue with collecting plants from the wild:
You did not just take a couple plants, you took away from society at large. Mer Bleu is a public area. Everyone is allowed to visit. The populations of rotundifolia visible from the pathway are quite small, and by taking from these, you took away the opportunity for the public to see those wonderful plants in the wild. By taking from the bog, you not only took away from the ecosystem, you took away from the experience and education of everyone who visits.
Finally, I have to ask, how many plants did you take?
I don't ever want to see you selling these plants. You took from nature, don't even think about selling what you took.
Take this as a kind warning, don't take plants from the wild.
It felt a bit harsh when I was writing it. Is it?
Anyways, thanks in advance if you critique this!