Let's hope that's true Imduff. I find it hard to believe that poaching could be that extensive. Believe me, I pray it is only drought, and that the plants will return in a better season, but if it is true, then a massive crime has occurred.
Let's just wait for the investigation and report, and also follow Pyro's good advice.
Also I agree, habitat destruction is the real problem, but if nothing has been done to stop this in 50 years, do you think there is really any hope of saving the remainder of the 5% that is left? The time to preserve is now, while there is still a chance of putting something in the bank. I never used to feel this way, but now what else is there that we can do?
I just hope the NASC effort works, and that an ethical collection can be made, overseen by those who know more than I do about it. One thing is certain, I am not going out to pluck any plants since I don't know what I am doing.
Ahhh, I get a headache whenever I read this thread! I am weary of fretting over it, and of feeling helpless on all fronts.
There is no winning this game I fear.