Well, the bad news is that we aren't going to be performing the Sarracenia rescue as planned. But, the GREAT news is that the plants are going to be able to stay exactly where they are!
When we were first planning this rescue, we knew that transplanting 5,000 plants would be a huge undertaking, and with such short notice we worried that we wouldn't have enough volunteers to do the work. Imagine our delight when dozens of volunteers stepped forward, willing to travel from far and wide to save these amazing plants! This would be a rescue mission like nothing ever before.
A local newspaper ran an article about this unique rescue mission. The article attracted the attention of a representative from the county, who in turn contacted us to discuss the potential of development at the rescue site. From our conversations with him, we are confident that the pitcher plants will be safe at this site for at least the next several years. Further, if and when this site is developed, we have been assured that we will be contacted to supervise the safe relocation of all the Sarracenia growing there.
Our primary goal is to ensure that Sarracenia are able to continue to grow in their natural habitat. Even while we were making plans for this rescue, we explored possible ways for the plants to stay where they are. If there had been no way for the plants to stay in their natural location, a rescue and relocation, such as the one we have been planning, would have been a backup plan. So, this is a great victory for the Sarracenia!
We are extremely grateful for all the work, effort, and planning that you all have done, and we apologize for any inconveniences that this cancellation may have caused. The simple fact that you were willing to "stand up and be counted" was vital to this victory, and you all should be very proud. I think we have sent a strong message, that we care very much about these amazing plants, and that we want to ensure that future generations will be able to see them flourishing in their natural habitat.
I hope that you will all stay in touch with the NASC, whether through "liking" us on Facebook, or through becoming a NASC member and maybe even volunteering! More information on our organization is available at www.nasarracenia.org .
Thank you, from the bottom of our hearts, once again. May you all have a very happy New Year!