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    I'd try to get the local Fire Dept to do a controlled burn to burn all the nasty shrubby growth out of there. The pitcher plants would come back in a phenominal state!

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    You can see that they are suffering from lack of light. In a few more years they will probably die out. I think you need to remove a few trees too.

    About the removing plants. I don't know Al. laws, but in general, you need written permissionfrom the land owner. That means who evers name is on the deed, not the person living on the property.

    If you do collect, the best and safest way is collecting seeds.

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    Dustin is right. It's hard to get a sense of scale, but those look like Longleaf Pine needles and, if so, the habitat is begging for a burn.

    There's a move underway to recreate some of the South's original Longleaf Pine forests because of the economic and the environmental value. If the church owns much land like that, it could make a little money from pine straw and maybe the occasional selective cutting, while creating a nice piece of habitat.
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    Looking at the pictures now its obvious that those are S. alata. I must have been really tired yesterday.

    A controlled burn would really be the best thing here, and restoring the bog is probably much more rewarding than taking the plants anyway. No point in going to the trouble of growing things in pots if they'd be happier in the ground.

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    Well, you have to understand the area I'm living is socially. There is no way I could ever approach the topic of some kind of consevation effort for these plants. They will make it or not, I am not even going to try to get them to do something to this bog to help the plants grow better. You have to understand southern small town mindset.

    I am glad to have found these plants, and I will enjoy watching them through the seasons. There are more throughout the woods everywhere here, and a lot of this land is national forest area, and it gets burned regularly. They are aware of these plants and hopefully they care about them. They have a pitchure of them in the forestry station. The ones on the church land will make it or not, they don't care, but some the national forest habitat is being cared for.

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    Quote Originally Posted by [b
    Quote[/b] ]Well, you have to understand the area I'm living is socially. There is no way I could ever approach the topic of some kind of consevation effort for these plants. They will make it or not, I am not even going to try to get them to do something to this bog to help the plants grow better. You have to understand southern small town mindset.
    Well, I must disagree. If you don't ever broach the topic, how on earth do you think that mind set will ever change? No social paradigms ever evolve without challenge.
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    That's easy to say up here. That's why I mentioned the economic benefits of doing controlled burns in a Longleaf Pine forest. I spent some years in Mississippi and environmental issues seem to carry a lot of baggage there. My uncle, who was a minister with a deep interest in nature, moved to a small Mississippi town and found people had no interest in talking about a lot of what interested him in the world. I suppose he could have tried to challenge the social paradigm, but the only movement probably would have been his family moving on looking for the next job.
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