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    Is it legal to collect plants from your property?

    I was just wondering becuase my grandparents own probuially 20-30 acers in virgina and they told me they had a few spagnum bogs there. I was thinking there might be cps their and was wondering if i could legally take a few?

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    If you have your grandparent's permission then yes. Better yet, get their signature.
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    I will, i am going there when i get out of school.

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    If they're on the endangered species list, then the answer is no. I think you can take some otherwise, but I'm not adamant on that. It is good that you're asking before doing. Just research the endangered/protected species in the area and know what they look like before you collect.

    May I ask which part of VA it is in? I have relatives thereabouts and I really want them to collect Sphag for me but they can never find any.

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    Pineapple is more or less correct. In addition to Federal Laws and Regulations each State and even County/City/Township has their own endangered/threatened/protected lists.

    http://www.na.fs.fed.us/spfo/pubs/wi...endangered.htm

    In some cases a permit is required to collect specimens. In others written permission by the land owner is all that is required. It depends the body of government that is regulating the species. The laws/regulations usually are more concerned with moving, selling, trading or transporting the species than anything else.
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    All you would likely find are some sundews (rotundifolia, perhaps brevifolia or capilaris) and Utricularia. There are still plenty of sphagnum bogs in Virginia, but most of them have been overgrown with trees due to fire supression. So there might be enough light for Sphagnum, but not enough light to sustain many CP's. Unless your gandparents have kept these areas clear of trees, this is likely the case on their land as well.

    It's always exciting to see what you can find though, in any case. Let us know what it looks like when you go to see! Post pics if you can, as I'm sure we would all love to see what's there.

    If by some wild string of luck you find a Sarracenia purpurea or flava on their land, that is VERY RARE in virginia and you shouldn't collect those. Phil Sheridan at Meadowview Biological Research Station would be very interested if you found either of those (for preservation purposes), but again, the chances of that are VERY slim. There are other rare bog plants that you have a slim chance of seeing, but should keep an eye out for and which should be preserved if possible, including some bog orchids and D. intermedia, among others.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Goodkoalie View Post
    I was thinking there might be cps their and was wondering if i could legally take a few?
    What is legally right and ethically ok can be two different things (imho). If there are actually CPs on the property, consider harvesting a small portion of available seed & growing them yourself (vs poaching your relative's plants). The ICPS seed collection policy tends to provide me a baseline/guideline when I'm tempted ....
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    There really is a lot to consider. For example it might be perfectly legal for you to collect the plant with landowner permission, but illegal to take it home if you live out of state. That's the case here in PA with species considered state endangered.

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